Mawrtian Minutes: English Teacher Earns Rave Review

Abdul Ali's book of poetry, "Trouble Sleeping" garners praise from the "Kenyon Review"

Congratulations to Upper School English teacher Abdul Ali, whose poem, "Let There Be," recently received a great write-up in the "Kenyon Review," a prominent literary journal. "Let There Be" is included in Ali's recently released book of poetry, "Trouble Sleeping," published in March 2015. "Each time I reread the poem, I find myself pausing there to think of names and faces..." wrote reviewer Dora Malech. "A poem can borrow from its roots in prayer and ritual, but it can also guide us to new modes of attention, new ways to pray."

The poems in "Trouble Sleeping" were inspired by Ali's experiences with insomnia while living in Washington, D.C. The book has received glowing reviews thus far. "Abdul Ali’s 'Trouble Sleeping' awakens the mind. Like the guts of a marvelous timepiece, the incremental details tick with merciless accuracy and timeless certainty," wrote Yusef Komunyakaa, an American poet who teaches at New York University.

Ali is the newest member of Bryn Mawr's Upper School English Department. A graduate of Howard University, Ali holds an M.F.A. from American University in D.C. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, he taught at Towson University.

Click here to read the full Kenyon Review article. For more information about "Trouble Sleeping," click here.
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