Rooms Are Never Finished by Agha Shahid Ali
Poems

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In His Previous collection, The Country Without a Post Office, Agha Shahid Ali excavated the devastation wrought upon Kashmir, his childhood home. Here he reveals a more personal devastation: his mother's death and the journey with her body back to Kashmir. The result is a poetry of stunning formal inventiveness, infused with passion and grief.
 

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Published November 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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''Kashmir, it is feared,'' Ali writes in a note at the opening of the book, ''may be the flashpoint of a nuclear war.'' In a section of ''From Amherst to Kashmir'' called ''Ghalib's Ghazal,'' he invokes the 19th-century Urdu poet as a voice of the people and observes, ''Man is numbed to pain / wh...

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The direct inspiration for Ali's new volume was his mother's death and the subsequent journey back to his homeland of Kashmir with her body.

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