Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20110128
Kazim Ali, a poet of Indian heritage, talks about his Muslim faith and its influences on his work, and ways in which views of biblical characters vary in Islam. A poet who is interested in autobiographical poetry, his work builds musical narratives that weave in historical references and geography. He discusses the similarity between the Persian poet Rumi and Emily Dickinson and reads from his two books, Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities and The Far Mosque.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Nebraska's Creighton University, she reads fr...
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