Search - List of Books by Agha Shahid Ali

Agha Shahid Ali (Kashmiri: ???? ????? ???, ; February 4, 1949, New Delhi, India - 8 December 2001, Amherst, Massachusetts) was a Kashmiri American poet. His poetry collections include A Walk Through the Yellow Pages, The Half-Inch Himalayas, A Nostalgist's Map of America, The Country Without a Post Office, Rooms Are Never Finished (finalist for the National Book Award, 2001). His last book was Call Me Ishmael Tonight, a collection of English ghazals. His poems are featured in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) and many other anthologies.

In India, Agha Shahid Ali was educated at the University of Kashmir and the University of Delhi. In the United States of America, he earned a Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University in 1984, and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 1985. He held teaching positions at nine universities and colleges in India and the United States.

Ali was also a translator of Faiz Ahmed Faiz (The Rebel's Silhouette; Selected Poems), and was the editor for the Middle East and Central Asia segment of Jeffery Paine's _Poetry of Our World_.

Through his work with poetry teaching, and as the compiler of the volume Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English, he was widely credited for helping to popularize the ghazal form as a poetic genre in English today.

Ali taught at the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at the MFA Writing Seminars at Bennington College as well as at creative writing programs at University of Utah, Baruch College, Warren Wilson College, Hamilton College and New York University. He died peacefully, in his sleep, of brain cancer in December, 2001. He was laid to rest in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Amitav Ghosh, a renowned English author and Ali's close friend wrote about him after his death in 'The Ghat of the Only World'.

James Merrill, an American Poet, had a very significant impact on Agha Shahid Ali's poetry.

Being of Kashmiri ethnicity, Ali, in regards to Jammu and Kashmir and the Kashmir conflict, stated that "ideally the best solution would be absolute autonomy within the Indian Union in the broadest sense." However he went on to state that possibly, such a solution was probably no longer possible, given the actions of the Indian state in Kashmir and the fact that militant groups would never accept the 'autonomy' solution.Later he was a staunch supporter of Kashmir freedom struggle.He expressed his love and concern for his people in,The county without a post office,written in the backdrop of Kashmir conflict.
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Total Books: 12
The Veiled Suite The Collected Poems
2009 - The Veiled Suite the Collected Poems (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780393068047
ISBN-10: 0393068048
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Call Me Ishmael Tonight A Book of Ghazals
2004 - Call Me Ishmael Tonight a Book of Ghazals (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393326123
ISBN-10: 0393326128
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Final Collections
2004 - Final Collections [Call Me Ishmael Tonight and Rooms Are Never Finished] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788178240916
ISBN-10: 8178240912
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Call Me Ishmael Tonight A Book of Ghazals
2003 - Call Me Ishmael Tonight a Book of Ghazals (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393051957
ISBN-10: 0393051951
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Rooms Are Never Finished Poems
2003 - Rooms Are Never Finished Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393324167
ISBN-10: 0393324168
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Rooms Are Never Finished
2002 - Rooms Are Never Finished (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788178240442
ISBN-10: 8178240440
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Rooms Are Never Finished Poems
2001 - Rooms Are Never Finished Poems (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393041491
ISBN-10: 0393041492
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Country Without a Post Office Poems
1997 - The Country Without a Post Office Poems (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393040579
ISBN-10: 0393040577
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Nostalgist's Map of America Poems
1992 - A Nostalgist's Map of America Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780393309249
ISBN-10: 039330924X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Nostalgist's Map of America Poems
1991 - A Nostalgist's Map of America Poems (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780393030211
ISBN-10: 0393030210
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Half-Inch Himalayas
1987 - The Half-inch Himalayas [Wesleyan New Poets] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780819521316
ISBN-10: 0819521310
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