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Books Noted: Agha Shahid Ali's The Veiled Suite: The Collected Poems
Poetic Form: Ghazal
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External Links
"Dear Shahid,"
From Web Issue 1 of The Prose Poem: An International Journal.
"Waiting for word in the paradise that was Kashmir"
Book review and article by Deborah Klenotic, from UMass magazine. Includes poem "The Floating Post Office".
Audio: "The Purse-Seiner Atlantis"
From The Paris Review, Winter 1996. Audio from Salon.
Calligraphy of Coils
Ali talks about his work with Rehan Ansari and Rajinderpal S. Pal, from the March 1998 issue of Himal: The South Asian Magazine.
In Memory of Agha Shahid Ali
From Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
Three poems
"Snowmen," "A Butcher," and an excerpt from "In Search or Evanescence".
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Agha Shahid Ali
photo: Neil Davenport

Agha Shahid Ali

Agha Shahid Ali was born in New Delhi on February 4, 1949. He grew up Muslim in Kashmir, and was later educated at the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, and University of Delhi. He earned a Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University in 1984, and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 1985.

His volumes of poetry include Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals (W.W. Norton & Co., 2003), Rooms Are Never Finished (2001), The Country Without a Post Office (1997), The Beloved Witness: Selected Poems (1992), A Nostalgist's Map of America (1991), A Walk Through the Yellow Pages (1987), The Half-Inch Himalayas (1987), In Memory of Begum Akhtar and Other Poems (1979), and Bone Sculpture (1972). He is also the author of T. S. Eliot as Editor (1986), translator of The Rebel's Silhouette: Selected Poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1992), and editor of Ravishing Disunities: Real Ghazals in English (2000).

Ali received fellowships from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and was awarded a Pushcart Prize. He held teaching positions at the University of Delhi, Penn State, SUNY Binghamton, Princeton University, Hamilton College, Baruch College, University of Utah, and Warren Wilson College. Agha Shahid Ali died on December 8, 2001.

Poems by
Agha Shahid Ali

Even the Rain
I See Chile in My Rearview Mirror
The Wolf's Postscript to 'Little Red Riding Hood'

Translations by
Agha Shahid Ali

You Tell Us What to Do by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Bangladesh II by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Before You Came by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

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