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Ali's second collection continues the project he began in his debut, The Far Mosque(2005). Through these associative and sometimes disjunctive lyrics, Ali explores Eastern religions-Islam, Hinduism-as well as his relationship with a more personalized "God" who represents the unknown while still providing a sense of belonging in the world. In "Afternoon Prayer," Ali asks, "God, a curt question or a curtain." In the opening, "Lostness," Ali describes his particular notion of deity-"dear God of blankness I pray to dear unerasable"-and then asks, "how could I live without You if I were ever given answers"; later, God is equated with the sparseness of daily life: "dear afternoon God dear evening God my lonely world." Sometimes Ali arrives at mysterious, striking assertions: "A person is only a metaphor for the place he wants to go"; elsewhere, one finds well-rendered images: "the ocean will receive itself / opening its green pages to glass and sand." A lack of mooring in the physical world makes some poems a bit slight. Nonetheless, Ali eloquently draws attention to the strange, dislocating home we make in human experience, in which "you are being whipped // around the galaxy's center / at 25 million miles a second." (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.