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Agha Shahid Ali

Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001) was a poet and teacher. He authored a variety of collections including A Walk Through the Yellow Pages (1987), The Half-Inch Himalayas (1987), A Nostalgist’s Map of America (1991), The Country Without a Post Office (1997). His collection, Rooms Are Never Finished (2001) was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001. He taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Princeton College, and in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College.

Summer 2001

Summers of Translation

By Agha Shahid Ali

Desolation’s desert. I’m here with shadows of your voice … —Faiz Ahmed Faiz, “Memory“ 1. "Memory"—two years after your death they tell me—has no translations. We knew it in a loved version, […]

Spring 1997


By Agha Shahid Ali

for Patricia O’Neill At a certain point I lost track of you. They make a desolation and call it peace. When you left even the stones were buried: The defenseless […]