Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities

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$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Wesleyan University Press
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Pages
112
Dimensions
6.18 X 0.31 X 9.0 inches | 0.44 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780819572769
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About the Author

KAZIM ALI is the author of two books of poetry, The Far Mosque (2004) and The Fortieth Day (2008). He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oberlin College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the University of Southern Maine. He is one of the founding editors of Nightboat Books.

Reviews

"Ali, journeying backwards through autobiography, writes an elegy for lost love and unrequited faith--another kind of exile."--Lori Tsang, MultiCultural Review

"Bright Felon will steal your heart and outrage your poetics. Part memoir, part trip book, part literary discourse, there is in it an urgent sense of a life lived in words. The tale is one of both innocence and experience. Rigorous, romantic, experimental, true, and yet mysterious, it is a book for the ages."--Laura Moriarty, author of A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975-2007

"Kazim Ali writes in Bright Felon a prose shaped by the various cities he has lived and loved in. This is a book that is so much more than memoir or autobiography. It is embodied and questioning and it carries through its politics a grace and generosity."--Juliana Spahr, author of Fuck You, Aloha, I Love You

"Bright Felon is a troubling work of unrelieved sadness and relentless self-examination and yet, for all that, it is also a monument to a yearning for oblivion, a desire so unimpeachable at its center it reminds us that there are no happy endings--only intervals of relief."--Tyrone Williams, The Volta

"The speed and energy of this language, and its confident movement, are undeniable and compelling.There is a lovely plenitude in the embroidery woven out of these journeys, inner and outerthe rich and nuanced tracings of contemporary experience Ali offers here are reward enough."--Jeff Gundy, The Georgia Review

"Ali, journeying backwards through autobiography, writes an elegy for lost love and unrequited faith--another kind of exile."--Lori Tsang, MultiCultural Review

"The pleasure of reading Bright Felon derives in large part from its invitation to us to give ourselves over to the music of language."--Lee Sharkey, Beloit Poetry Journal