Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals

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W.W. Norton, 2004 - Poetry - 87 pages
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The beloved Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali presents his own American ghazals. Calling on a line or phrase from fellow poets, Ali salutes those known and loved--W. S. Merwin, Mark Strand, James Tate, and more--while in other searingly honest verse he courageously faces his own mortality.

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"Call me Ishmael tonight," commands Ali. And the reader is inclined to obey, for Ali is truly persuasive throughout, infusing the ancient Arabic-Persian ghazal with contemporary fervor to demonstrate ... Read full review

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Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001) taught at the University of Utah, at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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