The Agha Shahid Ali Archive

The Beloved Witness

The Beloved Witness project is a Mellon-funded digital archive of the video-taped readings, personal documents, letters, and manuscripts of Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). The archive is a collaborative effort which will expand through contributions of letters, documents, critical perspectives and creative responses from colleagues, friends and readers of Shahid's works.


Cracked portraits [poem]
The half-inch Himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Dacca gauzes [poem] (1983 draft, "Reading Dorian Gray in Kashmir")
The half-inch himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), The Norton introduction to literature (6th Edition), 1995, p.790, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Dacca gauzes [poem] (published 1987)
The half-inch Himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Dacca gauzes [poem] (undated draft, "Reading Dorian Gray in Kashmir")
Revised and published as "The Dacca gauzes" in The half-inch himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), Anthologized as "The Dacca gauzes" in The Norton introduction to literature (6th Edition), 1995, p.790, typewritten, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Eurydice [video clip]
(1983) New England Review and Bread Loaf Quarterly 6.2: 321-22 (1989) Libos International 2.3: 107(1990) Arc 25: 47-50 (1991) A Nostalgist's Map of America: Poems. New York: Norton, Oneill-Murphy, Digital resource provided by the Digital Humanities Initiative.
Farewell [video clip]
Muncie, IN, (1997) Kenyon Review 29.2: 44-48(1997) The Country Without a Post Office: Poems. New York: Norton, Ball St. University, Oneill-Murphy, Digital resource provided by the Digital Humanities Initiative.
From another desert [video clip]
home in New Jersey, (1991) Bomb No. 36, 86-87 Indian Literature (1991) (1991) A Nostalgist's Map of America: Poems. New York: Norton., New Jersey, Oneill-Murphy, Digital resource provided by the Digital Humanities Initiative.
Ghazal [poem]
Revised and published as "The Dacca gauzes" in The half-inch himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), Anthologized as "The Dacca gauzes" in The Norton introduction to literature (6th Edition), 1995, p.790, typewritten, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Hakim Ali Naqi (great-great-grandfather) [still image]
Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Houses [poem]
Shenandoah, 36.2 (1986):66, The half-inch Himalayas(1987), Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
I See Chile in my rearview mirror [video clip]
Salt Lake City, UT, (1991) Field 44: 47-49 Best American Poetry 1992 (Collier Books, MacMillan)(1991) A Nostalgist's Map of America: Poems. New York: Norton, Westminster College, U of Utah, Oneill-Murphy, Digital resource provided by the Digital Humanities Initiative.
In memory of Begum Akhtar [video clip]
Illustrated Weekly of India (29 February 1976), 39 In Memory of Begum Akhtar &amp other poems (Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1979)., Oneill-Murphy, Digital resource provided by the Digital Humanities Initiative.