Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals

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W.W. Norton, 2003 - Poetry - 87 pages
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This Shining Collection by the beloved Kashmiri-American poet (finalist for the National Book Award in 2001) is his last witness. In many of the ghazals. Ali salutes poets known and loved -- W. S. Merwin, Mark Strand, James Tare, and more -- while in other searingly honest ghazals he courageously faces his own mortality.

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"Call me Ishmael tonight," commands Ali. And the reader is inclined to obey, for Ali is truly persuasive throughout, infusing the ancient Arabic-Persian ghazal with contemporary fervor to demonstrate ... Read full review

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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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