The Country Without a Post Office: Poems

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W.W. Norton, 1997 - Poetry - 96 pages
11 Reviews
Here is a haunted and haunting volume that establishes this Kashmiri-American poet as a seminal voice writing in English. In this new collection, his most ambitious, Agha Shahid Ali finds that contemporary history has forced him to return to his homeland, not with the ease of a tourist as he would have liked, but as a witness to the savagery visited upon Kashmir since 1990, when decades of resentment erupted into a total uprising against Indian rule. Amid rain and fire and ruin, in a land of 'doomed addresses, ' Ali evokes the tragedy of his birthplace. These are stunning poems, intensely musical-steeped in history, myth, and politics--all merging into Ali's truest mode, that of longing.

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User Review  - Huzaafa Yousuf - Goodreads

Poignant is the word for this. I'm pretty sure if one stares too long at the words it feels as if they're written in blood, not ink. Beautiful. Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

While at the Art Institute in Chicago, Jessa & I saw Nilima Sheikh's exhibit, "Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams." There was a lot of text interwoven in the art, and Jessa and I had some divergent ... Read full review

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