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Sukun

New and Selected Poems

New and selected poems from celebrated poet Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali is a poet, novelist, and essayist whose work explores themes of identity, migration, and the intersections of cultural and spiritual traditions. His poetry is known for its lyrical and expressive language, as well as its exploration of themes such as love, loss, and the search for meaning in a rapidly changing world. "Sukun" means serenity or calm, and a sukun is also a form of punctuation in Arabic orthography that denotes a pause over a consonant. This Sukun draws a generous selection from Kazim's six previous full-length collections, and includes 35 new poems. It allows us to trace Ali's passions and concerns, and take the measure of his art: the close attention to the spiritual and the visceral, and the deep language play that is both musical and plain spoken.


[sample poem]

The Fifth Planet

Come, early summer in the mountains, and come, strawberry moon,
and carry me softly in the silver canoe on wires to the summit,
where in that way of late night useless talk, the bright dark asks me,
"What is the thing you are most afraid of?" and I already know
which lie I will tell.

There were six of us huddled there in the cold, leaning on the rocks
lingering in the dark where I do not like to linger, looking up at the
sharp round pinnacle of light discussing what shapes we saw—rabbit,
man, goddess—but that brightness for me was haunted by no thing,
no shadow at all in the lumens.

What am I, what am I, I kept throwing out to the hustling silence.
No light comes from the moon, he's just got good positioning
and I suppose that's the answer, that's what I'm most afraid of,
that I'm a mirror, that I have no light of my own, that I hang in empty space
in faithful orbit around a god or father

neither of Whom will ever see me whole. I keep squinting to try to see Jupiter
which the newspaper said would be found near the moon but
it's nowhere, they must have lied. Or like god, there is too much
reflection, headsplitting and profane, scraping up every shadow,
too much light for anyone to see.

About the Author

KAZIM ALI (San Diego, CA) was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including poetry, essay, fiction, and cross-genre work. He is currently a professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Endorsements

"A comprehensive and stunningly beautiful collection of poems that explore the self in the world often through some form of remove, such as travel or being in a new place. The poems offer to lift us out of the mundane and into a sacred space or heightened brightness."—Judy Halebsky, author of Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged)

"Exquisitely paced, Sukun is testament to Kazim Ali's distinctive accomplishment as our wandering, ever-questing poet. As one word, one sound, gives birth to another, so these poems trace the path from son to a finally accepting family, from body to spirit, from earth to cosmos."—Gillian Conoley, author of Notes from the Passenger
Wesleyan University Press
Wesleyan Poetry Series

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Other Titles by Kazim Ali

North American Women Poets in the 21st Century

edited by Lisa Sewell, Kazim Ali
Feb 2020 - Wesleyan University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$22.99 USD - Electronic book text

Inquisition

Kazim Ali
Mar 2018 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$12.99 USD - Electronic book text

Sky Ward

Kazim Ali
Feb 2013 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$19.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles from Wesleyan Poetry Series

The Ruins of Nostalgia

Donna Stonecipher
Oct 2023 - Wesleyan University Press
$28.00 USD - Hardback
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Fierce Elegy

Peter Gizzi
Aug 2023 - Wesleyan University Press
$27.00 USD - Hardback
$16.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Icelight

Ranjit Hoskote
Apr 2023 - Wesleyan University Press
$26.00 USD - Hardback
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

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Gay Poems for Red States

Willie Carver, Willie Edward Taylor Carver, Jr.
Jun 2023 - University Press of Kentucky
$29.95 USD - Hardback
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$29.95 USD - Electronic book text

Indie Rock

Joe Bishop
Feb 2023 - University of Alberta Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

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Black Creole Chronicles

Mona Lisa Saloy
Apr 2023 - University of New Orleans Press
$18.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Buffalo Dance, expanded edition

Frank X Walker
Nov 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
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Randall Horton
Sep 2020 - University Press of Kentucky
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