Ayaz Pirani

Ayaz Pirani was born in Musoma, Tanzania but grew up in Canada. His parents were born in Kenya and Tanzania with ancestral roots in South Asia. He studied humanities and writing at York University’s Collège Glendon, and at Concordia University in Montreal. Pirani also studied at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He now lives in California.

Poetry

Happy You are Here

Washington, DC: The Word Works, 2016.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

This dizzying first collection will startle and delight. Happy You Are Here pulls its reader around the globe, plunges us deep into myth, slings us through the almost-unbelievable reality that is life, today, on this planet.

Poetry

Kabir’s Jacket has a Thousand Pockets

Toronto: Mawenzi House, 2019.
PS8631 .I71 K33 2019

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Step into the crater of East Africa and meet the grain of sand from Sindh. Eat pearls from Indian Ismaili ginans and attend to the True Guru.

Aglow with post-colonial loss, wryly defiant of what they are admitting, the poems in Kabir’s Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets describe a warm estrangement and salty gratitude for being on Earth.  It’s not war-reporting and Ayaz doesn’t solve crimes. He doesn’t have his head in the lion’s mouth. He draws from Kabir’s Bijak, Ghalib, and the oral granth and ginan tradition to plot a lifelong and generational immigration.

Links

Ayaz Pirani personal website

Publisher Mawenzi House

Publisher The Word Works