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Ashes in the Air

Alizadeh finds grace, wit and fire in this latest volume of poetry.


if we can see

death looming, like a dark island
on the navigator’s horizon

then we won’t be shocked when
time’s run out. This means

a life without our primal fear. That’s why
we travel.

In the spaces between evanescence and memory, Alizadeh finds grace, wit and fire. From the opening poem’s hymn to mobility and renewal to the elegiac ending, from Tehran to the Gold Coast, Ashes in the Air sparks with wisdom and energy.

Ali Alizadeh

Ali Alizadeh

Ali Alizadeh was born in Tehran in 1976 and migrated to Australia in 1991. He graduated with Honours in Creative Arts from Griffith University, Gold Coast and holds a PhD in Professional Writing from Deakin University, Melbourne. He has taught at universities in Australia, China, Turkey and United Arab Emirates, and has also worked as street performer, hair-wrapper, and delivery driver. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama and literary criticism. Transactions is his seventh book. He is a lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Monash University, Melbourne.