As we close the chapter on this year’s National Poetry Month, Kazim Ali shares a few words about poetry’s importance in everyday life, and reads his poem “Ocean Street” on NPR's Weekend Edition. Likening poetry to the human body, Ali says: “The line of poetry teaches us about the length of breath, and the way energy moves through a poem teaches us about the way breath and blood move through the human body.” In other words, poetry is a way of living. Ali is the author of The Fortieth Day (BOA, 2008), and co-translator of BOA's forthcoming Iranian translation The Oasis of Now (fall, 2013) by Sohrab Sepehri, a bilingual English and Farsi edition. He is a contributing writer for The Writers Chronicle and founding editor of Nightboat Books. Visit NPR's webpage to hear Kazim Ali talk poetry and read "Ocean Street." Click here to purchase a copy of The Fortieth Day.
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