The Veiled Suite: The Collected Poems

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Penguin Books India, 2009 - Poetry - 393 pages
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Agha Shahid Ali died in 2001, mourned by myriad lovers of poetry and devoted students. This volume, his shining legacy, moves from playful early poems to themes of mourning and loss, culminating in the ghazals of Call Me Ishmael Tonight. The title poem appears in print for the first time.

from "The Veiled Suite"

I wait for him to look straight into my eyes

This is our only chance for magnificence.

If he, carefully, upon this hour of ice,

will let us almost completely crystallize,

tell me, who but I could chill his dreaming night.

Where he turns, what will not appear but my eyes?

Wherever he looks, the sky is only eyes.

Whatever news he has, it is of the sea.

 

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Contents

Foreword
15
the veiled suite
23
From S the hAlFiNCh himAlAYAs
29
Bell telephone hours
85
language games
92
From S A NOstAlgists mAP OF AmeRiCA
107
A Prologue
171
see Kashmir from New delhi at midnight
178
A Pastoral
196
the Country Without a Post Office
202
From S ROOms ARe NeveR FiNished
247
From S CAll me ishmAel tONight
326
Of Water
343
Bones
357
After You
371
Index
385

dream i Am the Only Passenger
184
lo A tint Cashmere lo A Rose
190

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About the author (2009)

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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