From the Bible to the Quaraan, the fortieth day symbolizes the last moment before deliverance, a moment in time when a supplicant or prophet or stormbeaten passenger kws there is state after, but finally accepts the present state as a permanent one. In The Fortieth Day, Kazim Ali follows the fractured narratives and moving lyrics of his debut collection, The Far Mosque, with a deeply spiritual and meditative book exploring the rhetoric of prayer. Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and raised in an Islamic household. He holds degrees from the University at Albany and New York University. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio.
Kazim Ali's poetry has recently appeared in jubilat, Barrow Street, The American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry 2007. An e-chapbook River Road appeared on The Drunken Boat, and another long sequence appeared in Bridges: a Journal of Jewish Feminist Literature. His books are The Far Mosque (Alice James), and the novel Quinn's Passage (BlazeVox).