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The Voice of Sheila Chandra

Kazim Ali

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978-1-913007-11-9 · 80 pages · 153 × 234 mm · Jun. 2021


Selected by Sarah Howe and Andrew McMillan as the Poetry Book Society’s Summer 2021 Choice.

In The Voice of Sheila Chandra—named for the British singer rendered almost voiceless by a rare neurological condition—poems give necessary space not only to voice but also its absence. Within its history, both real and imagined, there is both contemplation and an urgency for survival. [UK edition]

Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including poetry, novels, and translations. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.


Praise & Reviews

Parts of this collection feel like a long fragmented wail inside a temple, others like a quiet internal dialogue. An impressive, lyrical feat. — Raymond Antrobus

Ali takes the space of the poem as a field. He pulls into it disparate strands of philosophy, history, politics, music, art and culture until the field of the poem resonates with life. It’s an inventively formal, ecstatic joy of a read. — Roger Robinson

Kazim Ali is a cosmopolitan spirit ill at ease in a desacralised world and these epic metaphysical poems rank among his finest work. — André Naffis-Sahely

Praise for the US edition:

The Voice of Sheila Chandra is alive with formal invention and innovation that will surely be a fixture in contemporary poetry for years to come. — sam sax

[A] book that is as metaphysical as it is very much of this moment, of this, our crisis … a brilliant book. — Ilya Kaminsky

There is something major happening here, something that transcends the artifice of language. — Kaveh Akbar

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