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Call Me Ishmael Tonight

A Book of Ghazals

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"Ali's ghazals are contemporary and colloquial, deceptively simple, yet still grounded in tradition....Highly recommended."—Library Journal

The beloved Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali presents his own American ghazals. Calling on a line or phrase from fellow poets, Ali salutes those known and loved—W. S. Merwin, Mark Strand, James Tate, and more—while in other searingly honest verse he courageously faces his own mortality.

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“His ghazals offer a path toward a level of lyric expansiveness few poets would dare to aspire to.” — Michael Palmer

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