Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water

Kazim Ali (Author)
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Publish Date
March 09, 2021

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About the Author

Kazim Ali 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 several volumes of poetry, novels, and translations. He is currently a professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water.


Praise for Kazim Ali

"Reading Ali is an act of redemption even when the worst is spiked and wired with hatred and danger. His perspective on time is both a challenge and a balm." --The Rumpus

"Ali's lyrics are crafted with a controlled, delicate quality that never stops questioning, never stops teaching, never stops astounding." --American Poet

"Lyrical, political, humorous, light and deep--Kazim Ali strikes out in many directions....The resulting harmonies-and even the discord-are beautiful." --Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

"A master of so many genres and forms--poetry, fiction, essay, memoir--Ali seems to manage the ultimate feat: to slip free from the limitations of these categories." --Rahul Mehta, author of Quarantine: Stories

"Ali's forceful use of musicality is incantatory, pushing his lyrics from the realm of the everyday into the unknown or even the sublime....Ali also finds tension between the pulls of prayer and silence, void and profusion, the hidden and the overt. The result is a charged space in which a very contemporary voice takes on an elemental and numinous sheen." --Publisher's Weekly

"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 outer the rich and nuanced tracings of contemporary experience Ali offers here are reward enough." --The Georgia Review

"What a gift Kazim Ali's Inquisition is, what a generosity, in its sustained and sustaining inhabitation of the mystery. That, without ignoring heartbreak or rage, it understands that we are always 'at the end of knowing, ' and shows us how we might reside there. And from which residence, Inquisition reminds me: love."--Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights

"Kazim Ali extends to us a living and moving wondering in Silver Road -- an active and rational thinking, yes, though poured from the vessel of body, its clay, breath and frailty....Here, I can 'stare into the dark of Nothing to see.' Then see both ancient and newborn constellations of theory, beliefs and dreaming; see the intersections; see relationships...Ali's admission of aloneness...causes the space of loneliness itself to collapse." --Layli Long Soldier, author of Whereas