Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Aimless Reading: The A's, Part 12

The Far Mosque
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Ali, Kazim
The Far Mosque

Kazim is a poet from Buffalo who's gone off into the world, publishing several books in the last few years, including two books of poems and a novel. I think he sent this along before coming to read for Just Buffalo at Big Orbit Gallery a couple of years back. It begins:


You came to the desert, illiterate, spirit-ridden,
intending to starve

The sun hand of the violin carving through space
the endless landscape

Acres of ochre, the dust-blue sky,
or the strange young man beside you

peering into "The Man Who Taught William Blake
Painting in His Dreams"

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