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Sky Ward

Kazim Ali

Publication Year: 2013

Drunk on the sun and the sea, Kazim Ali's new poems swoop linguistically but ground themselves vividly in the daily and real. Both imprisoned by endlessness and dependent on it for nurturing and care, in Sky Ward Ali goes further than ever before in sounding out the spaces between music and silence, between sky and ocean, between human and eternal. "Daily I wish stitched here to live," moans his Prometheus, wondering what release from familiar bondage might actually portend. "So long liberation," his Icarus sings as he plummets from the sky with desperation and grace, ready to unfeather and plunge into the everything-new. Whether in the extended poem-prayer to Alice Coltrane or in the "deleted scenes" and "alternate endings" to his critically acclaimed volume Bright Felon, or in the spirit-infused and multi-faceted lyrics he has become known for, Ali once again reinvents possibilities for the personal lyric and narrative.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-9

Follower

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p. 1-1

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Journey to Providence

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p. 5-5

Lake House

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p. 10-10

Divination

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p. 11-11

Fairy Tale

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pp. 12-13

High Stakes Game

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p. 14-14

Freeze Tag

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p. 15-15

Baptism

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p. 16-16

Frozen

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p. 17-17

The Nowhere House

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p. 18-18

Prayer Request Cards

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pp. 19-20

The Good Brother

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p. 21-21

Ticket

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p. 22-22

Swoon

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p. 23-23

Crib

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p. 24-24

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Bright Felon Deleted Scene 3

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Amelia looking at photographs of my vacation says, “There are no There are only mountains, clouds, empty streets, two pictures of In Dante’s Hell, him with my name is split neck to navel and stuffed But on the subway I steal glances at your ear, your cheek, your chin, It’s not true, it’s not true. Your mouth, your hand, your ankle, ...

Launch

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Twin

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p. 29-29

Shrine

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p. 30-30

Autobiography

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pp. 31-32

The Escape

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p. 33-33

Sinking

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p. 34-34

Ghost Anchor

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p. 35-35

Prayer

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p. 36-36

Rapture

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p. 37-37

Epiphany

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p. 38-38

Ocean Street

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pp. 39-46

Adrift

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p. 47-47

The Fortieth Day

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p. 48-48

The Plaint of Marah, Woman of Sodom

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pp. 49-50

Promisekeeper

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p. 51-51

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Handwritten Notes on the Screenplay for Bright Felon: The Movie

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p. 55-55

Bright Felon Alternate Ending

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p. 56-56

The Vineyard

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p. 57-57

December

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p. 58-58

Open House

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p. 59-59

The Mountain Comes to Mohammad

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p. 60-60

Morning News

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p. 61-61

Fragment

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p. 62-62

The Wrestler

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p. 63-63

Dark Room

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p. 64-64

Dugout

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p. 65-65

Lake Animal You

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p. 66-66

Daylight Savings

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p. 67-67

Goya’s New York

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p. 68-68

Hofmann’s New York

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p. 69-69

Dry Dock

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p. 70-70

Monochromatic

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pp. 71-72

Dear Shams

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pp. 73-74

The Argument

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p. 75-75

Confession

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pp. 76-77

The Promise of Blue

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pp. 78-79

Hymn

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p. 80-80

Acknowledgments

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p. 81-81

Notes

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p. 83-83

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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p. 85-85


E-ISBN-13: 9780819573582
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819573575

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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