Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2004 - Poetry - 88 pages
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"Ali's ghazals are contemporary and colloquial, deceptively simple, yet still grounded in tradition....Highly recommended."—Library Journal

The beloved Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali presents his own American ghazals. Calling on a line or phrase from fellow poets, Ali salutes those known and loved—W. S. Merwin, Mark Strand, James Tate, and more—while in other searingly honest verse 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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In RealTime
From The Start
Not All Only A Few Return
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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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