The Labors of Psyche

Because I could not not-know any longer I held the lamp over him

He used to sing me in roads across the sky

I wander now between anarchy and will

And who comes in the night to say “think harder”

Look then at the dire unmapped surface of the sun

Echoing thunder now struck by crime he leaves I’m undone



Kazim Ali’s most recent book of poetry is Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013).  He has also published a translation of Water’s Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri (Omnidawn Press, 2011), and (with Libby Murphy) L’amour by Marguerite Duras (Open Letter Books, 2013). His novels include Quinn’s Passage (blazeVox books), named one of “The Best Books of 2005” by Chronogram magazine and The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009), and his books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010), and Fasting for Ramadan (Tupelo Press, 2011). 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 an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.

Issue #35 May 2014
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