Poet Ayaz Pirani on Oral Tradition, Literary Gatekeepers, and Writing Faithful Lines

Open-Book.ca interview with Poet Ayaz Pirani dated April 26, 2019.

SONY DSCAyaz Pirani‘s work has been praised as “wise… surprising [and] sly” and his newest collection, Kabir’s Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets(Mawenzi House), builds on his characteristic insightful, elegant style.

Ranging from East Africa to Pakistan to India and beyond, Kabir’s Jackets Has a Thousand Pockets is as unique as its title, exploring post-colonial longing and loss in a voice that brings to the page strength, wit, and deep intelligence.

We’re excited to speak to Ayaz today as part of our Poets in Profile series, where we talk to poets about their new books, their first encounters with poetry, and their writing processes.

Ayaz tells us about how he discovered something unexpected when thinking about the first poem that really moved him, weighs in on whether the beginning or end of a poem is most important, and shares the best and worst parts of being a poet (his ‘worst’ will definitely give you a laugh!).

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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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