Mad heart be brave [electronic resource] : essays on the poetry of Agha Shahid Ali / edited by Kazim Ali.

Ann Arbor [Michigan] : University of Michigan Press, [2017]
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Born and raised in Kashmir, Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001) came to the United States in the mid-1970s to pursue graduate study in literature; by the mid-1980s, he had begun to establish himself as one of the most important American poets of the late 20th century. Mad Heart Be Brave: On the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali is the first comprehensive examination of all stages of his career, from his earliest work published in India but never reissued in the U.S., through his seven poetry volumes from American publishers, ultimately collected as The Veiled Suite. The essays, written by a range of poets and scholars, many of whom knew and studied with Ali, consider his early free verse poetry; his transition into writing more formalist poetry; his correspondence with poets Anthony Hecht and James Merrill; his literary engagement with the political realities of contemporary Kashmir; his teaching and mentorship of young poets; and Ali's championing of the ghazal, a traditional Eastern poetic form, in English. Some essays have a predominantly scholarly focus, while others are more personal in their tone and content. All exhibit a deep appreciation for Ali's life and work. Contributors to this volume include Sejal Shah, Rita Banerjee, Amanda Golden, Ravi Shankar, Abin Chakraborty, Amy Newman, Christopher Merrill, Jason Schneiderman, Stephen Burt, Raza Ali Hassan, Syed Humayoun, Feroz Rather, Dur e Aziz Amna, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Mahwash Shoaib, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Grace Schulman, and Ada Lim on. Mad Heart Be Brave closes with a long biographical sketch and elegy by Agha Shahid Ali's friend Amitav Ghosh and a comprehensive bibliography assembled by scholar Patricia O'Neill with Reid Larson.
Introduction / Kazim Ali
The world is full of paper. Write to me / Sejal Shah
Between postindependence and the Cold War : Agha Shahid Ali's publications with the Calcutta Writers Workshop / Rita Banerjee
"This is an archive" : Agha Shahid Ali's postcards from Kashmir / Amanda Golden
The veiled sweets : Agha Shahid Ali's surprising use of humor / Ravi Shankar
Beyond borders, nations, and exclusivist identities : Agha Shahid Ali's poetics of plurality / Abin Chakraborty
"Separation's geography" : Agha Shahid Ali's scholarship of evanescence / Amy Newman
"A route of evanescence" : Agha Shahid Ali in America / Christopher Merrill
The loved one always leaves : the poetic friendship of Agha Shahid Ali and James Merrill / Jason Schneiderman
Agha Shahid Ali, world literature, and the representation of Kashmir / Stephen Burt
The shifting nationalisms of Agha Shahid Ali's poetry / Raza Ali Hasan
Missing home, imagining violence : Agha Shahid Ali's engagement with Kashmir / Syed Humayoun
Poet in Srinagar / Feroz Rather
Requiem : Agha Shahid Ali's last canzone / Dur e Aziz Amna
Palimpsestic intertextualities in "A lost memory of Delhi" and "The last saffron" / Mihaela Moscaliuc
Borrowed words : the use of quotations and italics in the ghazals of Agha Shahid Ali / Reginald Dwayne Betts
"The grief of broken flesh" : the dialectic of desire and death in Agha Shahid Ali's lyrics / Mahwash Shoaib
"Who will inherit the last night of the past?" Agha Shahid Ali's architecture of nostalgia as translation / Shadab Zeest Hashmi
The chain / Grace Schulman
The postcard and the puzzle : for Agha Shahid Ali / Ada Lim on
The ghat of the only world : Agha Shahid Ali in Brooklyn / Amitav Ghosh
An introduction to the Beloved Witness Project and a selected bibliography of Agha Shahid Ali's publications in India and America, 1972-2001 / Patricia O'Neill with Reid Larson.
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Ali, Kazim, 1971-
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