Agha Shahid Ali
Agha Shahid Ali Poems
- The Wolf's Postcript To 'Littl...
- Even The Rain What will suffice for a true-love knot? Even ...
- Tonight Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell ...
- I See Chile In My Rearview Mir... This dream of water-what ...
- Snowmen My ancestor, a man of Himalayan snow, came to ...
- Ghazal I’ll do what I must if I’m bold in real time. A ...
- Learning Urdu From a district near Jammu, (Dogri stumbling...
Agha Shahid Ali (Kashmiri: आग़ा शाहिद अली, آغا شاہِد علی;) was a Kashmiri American poet.
He grew up in Kashmir, the son of a distinguished and highly educated family in Srinagar. He attended the University of Kashmir, the University of Delhi and, upon arriving in the United States in 1975, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Arizona. Though a Kashmiri Muslim, Ali is best known in the U.S. and identified himself as an American poet writing in English. The recipient of numerous fellowships and awards and a finalist for the National Book Award, he taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Princeton College and in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College. At ... more »
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The Wolf's Postcript To 'Little Red Riding Hood'
First, grant me my sense of history:
I did it for posterity,
for kindergarten teachers
and a clear moral:
Little girls shouldn't wander off
in search of strange flowers,
and they mustn't speak to strangers.
And then grant me my generous sense of plot:
Couldn't I have gobbled her up
right there in the jungle?
Why did I ask her where her grandma lived?
As if I, a forest-dweller,
didn't know of the cottage
under the three oak trees
and the old woman lived there
As if I couldn't have swallowed her years before?
And you may call ...