Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals

W. W. Norton & Company - 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. Merwin, mark strand, james tate, and more―while in other searingly honest verse he courageously faces his own mortality.





Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English Wesleyan Poetry Series

Wesleyan University Press - This anthology brings together ghazals by a rich gathering of 107 poets including Diane Ackerman, John Hollander, W. As this dazzling collection shows, the intricate and self-reflexive ghazal brings the writer a unique set of challenges and opportunities. In recent years, a traditional Arabic form of poetry, the ghazal pronounced "ghuzzle", has become popular among contemporary English language poets.

But like the haiku before it, the ghazal has been widely misunderstood and thus most English ghazals have been far from the mark in both letter and spirit. S. An elegant afterword by sarah Suleri Goodyear elucidates the larger issues of cultural translation and authenticity inherent in writing in a "borrowed" form.

Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English Wesleyan Poetry Series - Merwin, william matthews, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Paul Muldoon, and many others. Agha shahid ali's lively introduction gives a brief history of the ghazal and instructions on how to compose one in English.





The Country without a Post Office: Poems Agha Shahid Ali

W. W. Norton & Company - Translucent elegies 'for the city that is leaving forever' Srinagar from one of its sons, who also happens to be one of America's finest younger poets. John Ashbery.





Rooms Are Never Finished: Poems

W. W. Norton & Company - An incomparable work, an unmatched achievement. Anthony hecht in this stunningly inventive collection―a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in poetry―Ali excavates the devastation wrought upon his childhood home, Kashmir, and reveals a more personal devastation: his mother's death and the journey with her body back to Kashmir.





A Nostalgist's Map of America: Poems

W. W. Norton & Company - Mapping america as he travels westward, the Nostalgist is an exile from his native Kashmir, and even from his first American home; his is the unique perspective of the outsider. With his prologue poem "eurydice, " agha Shahid Ali's Nostalgist introduces the motifs of journey and exile, history and loss, myth and politics, that animate this collection.

. These jeweled, like the multilayered "In Search of Evanescence, intricate poems, " locate and reflect the America that must be "unseen to be believed. Somewhere between cartographer and stargazer, or seeing Chile in his rearview mirror, and myth, desert, the Nostalgist links images of water, returning to Tucson in the monsoons, all the while creating an intense and vital vision.





Lighthead: Poems Penguin Poets

Penguin Books - Cultural icons as diverse as Fela Kuti, Harriet Tubman, and Wallace Stevens appear with meditations on desire and history. Winner of the 2010 national book award for poetrywatch for the new collection of poetry from Terrance Hayes, coming in June of 2018 In his fourth collection,  American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience.

. Penguin Books. Fueled by an imagination that enlightens, and ignites, delights, Lighthead leaves us illuminated and scorched. With one foot firmly grounded in the everyday and the other hovering in the air, his poems braid dream and reality into a poetry that is both dark and buoyant. We see hayes testing the line between story and song in a series of stunning poems inspired by the Pecha Kucha, a Japanese presenta­tion format.

Lighthead: Poems Penguin Poets - This innovative collection presents the light- headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time.





full-metal indigiqueer: the pro1,0zoa

Talonbooks - Using binary code and texts from classics of the english language such as Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Joshua Whitehead unravels the coded "I" to trace the formation of a colonized self and reclaim representations of Indigenous texts. Joshua whitehead is an Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit member of the Peguis First Nation.

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The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers

Kelsey Street Press - Used book in Good Condition. It is written by a young indian woman whose travels take her between homes in two countries, India and England, and through parts of the United States. Asian American Studies. The vertical interrogation of strangers blends the narratives of the travelog and the coming of age novel.

These short pieces reveal new ways of belonging in the world and possibilities for an art grounded in a localized cosmopolitan culture. Poetry. Penguin Books.





The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms

W. W. Norton & Company - Concise, learned, revisionary. Used book in Good Condition. Penguin Books. Tracing "the exuberant history of forms, offering explanation, close reading, " they devote one chapter to each form, and a rich selection of examplars that amply demonstrate the power and possibility of that form. Should enrich the passionate conversation about poetic forms for years to come.

Edward hirsch, ballad, villanelle, author of how to read a poem and fall in love with Poetry Two of our foremost poets provide here a lucid, straightforward primer that "looks squarely at some of the headaches and mysteries of poetic form": a book for readers who have always felt that an understanding of form sonnet, sestina, among others would enhance their appreciation of poetry.





Autobiography of Red

Vintage - Carson exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday. The village Voice Penguin Books. Used book in Good Condition. When herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent.

As he grows older, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is.

Autobiography of Red - A new york times notable book of the yearnational book critics circle award Finalist  "Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today. Michael ondaatje"this book is amazing--I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing. Alice munro "A profound love story. The award-winning poet reinvents a genre in a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.

Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five.





Kyrie: Poems

W. W. Norton & Company - So spare and tightly woven, yet so mindful of the cadences of the speaking voice, that the poems read like verse drama. Starting with the family, voigt creates voices that gather into one vast community story, a "true tour de force" Boston Sunday Globe that speaks to our own time of plague. Voigt's language dares to stir the dead, to remind us that we are temporary survivors.

Geoffrey wolff in this mosaic of sonnets, ellen bryant voigt takes on a monumental challenge: to conjure up the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, her fifth collection, a little-recorded event that killed 25 million worldwide, half a million in America alone. Penguin Books. The nation calls Kyrie "an astonishing collection.

Kyrie: Poems - Vintage. Used book in Good Condition.