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Book Title: The Country Without a Post Office: Poems|
The author of the book: Agha Shahid Ali
Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of issue: April 1st 1997
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ISBN 13: 9780393040579
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I had heard a lot about Agha Shahid Ali's poetry, but never got a chance to read it until recently when I came across this book in a bookshop in Islamabad. The book is mainly set in Kashmir, a place with historical depth and rich cultural heritage, currently torn apart by occupation. Agha Shahid's poetry is about resistance, loss, nostalgia, hope and longing. His imagery is powerful and vivid and repertoire of words and metaphors expansive. At certain points, he alludes to historical events that have shaped the consciousness of the Kashmiris, as a people and a nation and have created memories, which both haunt and console them. My favourite one is 'I see Kashmir from New Delhi at Midnight', which I found deeply moving. Anyone from the sub-continent who has some degree of familiarity with Kashmir as a region, can easily relate to the themes and happenings featuring in Agha Shahid's poetry. His poetry is a reminder that there are places on earth where people are brutalized and dehumanized and simply cannot exercise their right to self-determination. No matter what your nationality or ethnicity is, you need to read this book; it surely will make you more empathetic.
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Read information about the authorAgha Shahid Ali (आगा शाहीद अली) was an American poet of Kashmiri ancestry and upbringing.
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.
Ali was also a translator of Faiz Ahmed Faiz (The Rebel's Silhouette; Selected Poems) and editor (Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English). He was widely credited for helping to popularize the ghazal form in America.
Ali taught at the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as creative writing programs at University of Utah, Warren Wilson 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.
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