The Country Without a Post Office: Poems

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W.W. Norton, 1997 - Poetry - 96 pages
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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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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

The Country without a post office: poems

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This is the seventh book of poetry by Ali (A Nostalgist's Map of America, Norton, 1992), director of the writing program at the University of Massachusetts. The book is a poignant, nostalgic evocation ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

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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