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Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes Featuring the Work of Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001)

May 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

No registration is required for in-person attendance.
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here.

Poetry packets are available at the library’s Main Desk or here: Poetry Packet – May 21 2022 Salon – Agha Shahid Ali poems.

On Saturday, May 21, the Poetry Salon will conclude this year’s study of Asian-American poets with the Kashmiri-American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. He was noted as a poet uniquely able to blend multiple ethnic influences and ideas in both traditional forms and elegant free-verse. His poetry reflects his Hindu, Muslim, and Western heritages. Ali was born in New Delhi, India in 1949. He grew up in Kashmir, the son of a distinguished and highly educated family in Srinagar. He earned an MA from the University of Delhi, an MA and PhD from Pennsylvania State University, and an MFA from the University of Arizona. He won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim, and had an active academic career, including a Professorship at UMass/Amherst where he served as the director of the creative writing program.

Agha Shahid Ali died of brain cancer on December 8, 2001 in Amherst. Poet Donald Hall edited and provided the forward for The Veiled Suite, posthumously published in 2009. Along with some new work, this book collects his six previously published volumes of poetry. In a review of The Veiled Suite, Mark Doty concluded that “Ali so thoroughly inhabits his exile, in this haunting life’s work, that he makes of it—both for his own spirit and for his readers—a dwelling place.”

Please join Marblehead poet and Professor Emerita at Salem State University Claire Keyes for an exploration of selected poems by Agha Shahid Ali on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Abbot Public Library or via Zoom. To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


May 21
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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