Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. Recent books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England / New York Award, The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008), and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). In addition to co-editing Jean Valentine: This-World Company (University of Michigan Press, 2012), he is a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and associate editor of the literary magazine FIELD and founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books. He is the series co-editor for both Poets on Poetry and Under Discussion from the University of Michigan Press. He is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.

The Astronomer’s Son

At my birth, he whispered the equations of gravitational resonance into my ears. Taught me to calculate orbital positions of unseen objects. When I was six, he used fishing twine to string up nine foam balls around the ceiling lamp …

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