Welcome back to Anonymous Grocer, a 30-day audio adventure in backwards poetry. Each day: a new poem, a new collection of words in unfamiliar and spiraling patterns, a new audio message to ease you into your day.
April is also Arab American Heritage Month, and so today, we celebrate the poetry of Kazim Ali. Kazim’s most recent book is called The Voice of Sheila Chandra, and is inspired by and named after the British singer who was rendered almost completely voiceless in 2010 due to a rare syndrome. I am particularly drawn to writing that is in conversation with another artist, even across mediums; poetry like Kazim’s is a reminder that we are molecules in something more, something beyond vacuums; we converge and diverge and converge again, always creating (living) in the wake of others.
Discover more about this poet here.
Watch Kazim and Sheila in conversation.
Listen to Sheila Chandra’s drone music for the rest of your day!
Do you have requests for poems or poets you’d like to see featured in future Anonymous Grocer episodes? I’d love to hear from you!
Peace and love,