Towards the End

Ali Alizadeh



Towards the End presents the contemporary world as broken and dying, a world that is moving irreversibly towards collapse as well as rebirth. The collection begins with the speaker’s disillusion with the ideals of capitalism, and the ironic realisation that happiness and prosperity may no longer be attainable. The middle section of the collection reflects, with dark humour and a controlled anger, on the dysfunction of our socio-political systems and the signs of their disintegration. The final poems in the book imagine a universal humanity beyond the failures of the contemporary world, and prophesy global resistance, rejuvenation and revolution. The collection may be described as a fusion of social satire, gothic dystopia and historical materialism, interwoven with autobiographical reflection.

Download high-res cover

ISBN : 9781925818222
pp : 96
Published : February 2020

Available on backorder


About the Author

Ali Alizadeh
Ali Alizadeh writes about history, memory, revolutions and love. He grew up during a war in the Middle East and migrated to Australia as a teenager. He dropped out of a Civil Engineering degree to become an artist. He received a PhD for writing an epic poem about Joan of Arc. He has busked poetry in Melbourne and judged a student debate on Chinese television. He has written novels, plays, collections of poetry and scholarship. His books include Transactions (2013), Ashes in the Air (2011), Iran: My Grandfather (2010) and The New Angel (2008). He lectures at Monash University.