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These gently fragmented narrative lyrics pursue enlightenment in long, elegant yet plain-spoken, dark yet ecstatic lines. Ali travels by water and by night, seeking the Far Mosque and its overarching paradox: that when God and Self are one, an ascent into Heaven is a voyage within.


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These gently fragmented narrative lyrics pursue enlightenment in long, elegant yet plain-spoken, dark yet ecstatic lines. Ali travels by water and by night, seeking the Far Mosque and its overarching paradox: that when God and Self are one, an ascent into Heaven is a voyage within.

30 review for The Far Mosque

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Transcendent and powerful with flashes of Rumi - Kazim Ali points out that the far mosque is found within - and needs to be unlocked by keys found in the heart.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Anthony Sam

    Kazim Ali's collection of poetry are shaped by their own growth and search for meaning. Though often in fragments or snippets rather than any classical form, their have shape and are accessible as they are rich in an eloquence that is often epigrammatic: "When a Scholar pauses by a closed door She may not be listening to the music, but to the door" "Carry what you can in your hands. Scatter the rest." There is a humble humanity and a deep compassion in Ali's words. As mush as this collection reflect Kazim Ali's collection of poetry are shaped by their own growth and search for meaning. Though often in fragments or snippets rather than any classical form, their have shape and are accessible as they are rich in an eloquence that is often epigrammatic: "When a Scholar pauses by a closed door She may not be listening to the music, but to the door" "Carry what you can in your hands. Scatter the rest." There is a humble humanity and a deep compassion in Ali's words. As mush as this collection reflects the diaspora of language and people in our post-post-Modern world, there is hope and a sense of the unity of being: "Then the gray-green sky came down in breaths to my lips and sipped me."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Love it. "A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup and then raise it to nourish your beautiful-- perhaps parched--holy mouth." (Hafiz) Drink up this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Why not be an acolyte of the twisting ribbon of river? Said: In the Rain These moments against the years you cannot believe. This hover of music winging down from the mountains you cannot believe. But here in the trees, here above the river, here as the season stitches itself into fog then frost, you will. Here as you unfold, unsummon, uncry, you will. Unopened, you will. Unhappen, you will. These moments against the years you will. Unmoment you will. The Return of Music Be gray here, be broken and straf Why not be an acolyte of the twisting ribbon of river? Said: In the Rain These moments against the years you cannot believe. This hover of music winging down from the mountains you cannot believe. But here in the trees, here above the river, here as the season stitches itself into fog then frost, you will. Here as you unfold, unsummon, uncry, you will. Unopened, you will. Unhappen, you will. These moments against the years you will. Unmoment you will. The Return of Music Be gray here, be broken and strafed, fully roused and drawn here, like a compass needle, find yourself bound and unintelligible The River's Address all night: sounds/Violet's brief engines Gallery cloud me down with the river edged with willow The River Cloud When a Scholar passes by a closed door She may not be listening to the music, but to the door What lingers in the letter, loosening or found Sky-name - wood-wind - syllable - sound Source

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex Garrison

    Totally unlike what I typically read (and write) but totally enjoyable for it. The breathy, throughly modern evocation of Sufism in "Dear Rumi" and "Hunger" alone was worth the time in reading the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Arrieu-King

    Not sure why it took me this long to read this book. A sublime thing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Z

    As someone who doesn't generally like poetry, I found this fantastic. Ali's poetry is beautiful and intense.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Simpson

    I really don't know how you go about reviewing poetry ... I mean, you can't really talk about the quality of the plot, the characters, etc. It really comes down (at least more so than with works of non-fiction and novels) to "I liked it / I didn't like it", right? This is a relatively short collection, with quality that ranged from near-brilliant to "self-published college poetry book". The works that were good were very good, though, and made it all worth reading.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Very insightful, introspective and contemplative. Glad I took the time to read it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paolo

    An intense lyric, ekphrastic, and ecstatic book. Love it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A voluptuous, metaphor-laden, spiritualized lyric. Ali takes many risks and reaps many rewards.

  12. 5 out of 5

    A.

    I am trying to read a book by each of the headline poets for the 2017 Mass Poetry Festival in May, and I started with this one. I personally found the fragmentation sometimes hard to follow, but there were some really fabulous lines and images in this collection, and it was a fascinating blend of Western culture and Islam.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alycia

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samiya

  15. 5 out of 5

    T.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kim Alkemade

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashur

  18. 5 out of 5

    Isra

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rod

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cass

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ray

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amal

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Lenhart

  25. 5 out of 5

    chiho

  26. 5 out of 5

    Srijit Ghosh

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jay

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  29. 4 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sun Yung

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