By Agha Shahid Ali. Feel the patient’s heart. Pounding—oh please, this once— —JAMES MERRILL. I’ll do what I must if I’m bold in real time. A refugee, I’ll be. Poem Hunter all poems of by Agha Shahid Ali poems. 20 poems of Agha Shahid Ali. Still I Rise, The Road Not Taken, If You Forget Me, Dreams, Annabel Lee. Browse through Agha Shahid Ali’s poems and quotes. 20 poems of Agha Shahid Ali. Still I Rise, The Road Not Taken, If You Forget Me, Dreams, Annabel Lee.

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You can use these HTML tags and attributes: His voice was like none I had ever heard before, at once lyrical and fiercely disciplined, engaged and yet deeply inward. So there I was driving through the desert, listening to this bloody song, rewinding the bloody tape over and over again, tears running down my bloody face. Little girls shouldn’t wander off in search of strange flowers, and they mustn’t speak to strangers.

On the sea his qasidas stitched seamless in Arabic. So moved by your lines, dear Steven!

Even the Rain

I complete the couplet. But the audience, hushed, did not stir. On the land…or in the poem? What was I to prophesy if not the end of the world? And we are driving by the ocean that sli here, by its shores, the past now happening so quickly that each stoplight hurts us into memory, piems sky taking rapid notes on us as we turn at Tucson Boulevard and drive into the airport, and I realize that the earth is thawing from longing into longing and that we are being forgotten by those arms.


I innovate on a note-less raga. It can be seen politically, emotionally, culturally. The poem is packed with the devices that he had perfected over a lifetime: In the Casmir and Poison and Shahjd air, my rare Cashmere thrown off, the stranger knew my arms are glass, that banished from Eden on earth: In your absence you polished me into the Enemy.

This much fuss about a language I don’t know?

He held just one thing back till he got even: A stray gull cried, but that was not all: When it was time to leave the ward a blue-uniformed hospital escort arrived with a wheelchair.

Finding nothing changed, He filled a fresh glass and sank down among us. From time to time he would interrupt himself to shout directions to whoever was in the kitchen: Poemd he broke off and reached for my hand. Damn you, Elijah, I’ll bless Jezebel tonight. A floor strewn with black pearls pulling down Heaven and your head. Ali’s poems seem to be whispered to himself, and to read them is as if to overhear. Well, a number of things, I suppose. I remember clearly the evening when Shahid read this poem in the pomes room of my house.

They left him alive so that he could be lonely— The god of small things is not consoled in real time. Leemann Zurich switzerland Reply.

An Interview With Poet Agha Shahid Ali

Which vale of tears? The singer departs through her chosen mirror, her one diamond cut on her countless necks. Its voice returns in spring, a plaintive cry. It was sitting at that coffee table I became surer of myself around Shahid; surer that his shzhid of gay understood my kind of gay.


I like your necklace. We are the night at midnight, and no horseman will bring dawn from the sanctuary of the last Call to Prayer… Our tea is green and hot; drink it.

Night, that Empress, is here, your bride.

If my enemy’s alone and his arms are empty, give him my heart silk-wrapped like a child by exiles. I need chunks of time, which can be just one day or two days, but I don’t need to go away to one of those places. I am sure Shahid wrestled with this omission, deciding in the poeme that it didn’t go with the subtle mood of the new complex. Will you, Beloved Stranger, ever witness Shahid — two destinies at last reconciled by exiles?

University of Michigan Press, I note those of which I am aware, including some important essays and interviews, below.

First, grant me my sense of history: Call me Ishmael tonight. I can foresee he will lead each night from night into night.

An Interview With Poet Agha Shahid Ali | Poets & Writers

What won’t one lose, what home one won’t give forever! Please respect the fact that this material is copyright. Mansoor al-Hallaj, a great mystic who was crucified for saying “I am the truth” Majnoon: