Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies

by Kazim Ali

$17.95

Using essays, diary entries, prose maps, and verse fragments, Kazim Ali marks a path through quantum physics, sixth-century Chola Empire sculptures, the challenges of literary translation and of climate change, and destruction of a priceless set of handmade flutes by airport security. Amid shards from far-flung histories and geographies he finds the cosmos.

Format: paperback

In 1953, Yoko Ono wrote a score called “Secret Piece,” an open-ended formula for musical performance in a forest at daybreak. Beginning with this invitation to creation, and using essays, diary entries, prose maps, and verse fragments, Kazim Ali marks a path through quantum physics, sixth-century Chola Empire sculptures, the challenges of literary translation and of climate change, and destruction of a priceless set of handmade flutes by airport security. Amid shards from far-flung histories and geographies he finds the cosmos.

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Weight .4 lbs
Dimensions 6 x .5 x 9 in

Kazim Ali is author of eighteen previous books, including poetry, novels, memoirs, and translations. Born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian, Iranian, and Egyptian descent, he grew up in Canada and the U.S. and now teaches at Oberlin College.

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“Here is a vast, courageous text investigating race, separation, the molecules of space, the love of his man, and many other parts of this Living Universe in an entirely fresh and exhilarating perspective. Here is the harmony I have been seeking.” —CAConrad 

“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

“Poet Ali . . . transforms readers into his companions on his travels around the globe and on an interior philosophical quest. Ali cleverly spurns convention for this excellent mixed-genre collection.” Publishers Weekly

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