Agha Shahid Ali’s poems are charmed whispers that can console and devastate
The Veiled Suite
by Agha Shahid Ali
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Arriving in the United States from India in 1975, Kashmiri author Agha Shahid Ali pursued both graduate degrees and his art. While quickly successful in the world of writing programs and academic presses, he explored in his poetry how readily expatriation could come to feel like exile. But as his collected poems, The Veiled Suite, make clear, he worked hard to find in such exile if not his true home, at least a safe house, as in book after book until his untimely death in 2001 he measured the distance between East and West.
Admittedly, this distance has been closing for a while. From the once-unimaginable East, twentieth-century poets such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Muhammad Iqbal worked to bring Urdu poetry into the modern era. This poetry was near and dear to Ali—his father recited it to him as a child. Early in
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