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.


Country without a post office [poem]
Poem Publication History: The Country without a post office (Norton, 1998), Poem Publication History: The veiled suite (Publisher: W.W. Norton, 2009), Digital publisher: Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Cracked portraits [poem]
Poem Publication History: The half-inch Himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), Digital Publisher: Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Dacca gauzes [poem] (1983 draft, "Reading Dorian Gray in Kashmir")
Poem Publication History: The half-inch himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), Poem Publication History: The Norton introduction to literature (6th Edition), 1995, p.790, Digital publisher: Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Dacca gauzes [poem] (published 1987)
Poem Publication History: The half-inch Himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), Digital publisher: Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Dacca gauzes [poem] (undated draft, "Reading Dorian Gray in Kashmir")
Poem Publication History: Revised and published as "The Dacca gauzes" in The half-inch himalayas (Wesleyan UP, 1987), Poem Publication History: Anthologized as "The Dacca gauzes" in The Norton introduction to literature (6th Edition), 1995, p.790, Digital publisher: Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
Eurydice [video clip]
Poem Publication History: (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., Submitter: Oneill-Murphy, Copyright status under review., Digital Publisher: Digital resource provided by the Digital Humanities Initiative.
Farewell [video clip]
Location of Talk: Muncie, Indiana, Poem Publication History: (1997) Kenyon Review 29.2: 44-48(1997) The Country Without a Post Office: Poems. New York: Norton., Performance Location: Ball State University, Submitter: Oneill-Murphy, Copyright status under review., Digital Publisher: Digital resource provided by the Digital Humanities Initiative.
For you
typed draft of "For You", Poem Publication History: The Veiled Suite: The Collected Poems of Agha Shahid Ali, Copyright status: Copyright 2009 by the Agha Shahid Ali Literary Trust, Original digital object name: shahid-man-126-003, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
For you
draft of "For You" with handwritten corrections, Poem Publication History: The Veiled Suite: The Collected Poems of Agha Shahid Ali, Copyright status: Copyright 2009 by the Agha Shahid Ali Literary Trust, Original digital object name: shahid-man-126-001, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
For you
typed draft of "For You" with handwritten corrections, Poem Publication History: The Veiled Suite: The Collected Poems of Agha Shahid Ali, Copyright status: Copyright 2009 by the Agha Shahid Ali Literary Trust, Original digital object name: shahid-man-126-002, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
From another desert [video clip]
Location of Talk: Home in New Jersey., Poem Publication History: (1991) Bomb No. 36, 86-87 Indian Literature (1991) (1991) A Nostalgist's Map of America: Poems. New York: Norton., Performance Location: New Jersey, Submitter: Oneill-Murphy, Copyright status under review., Digital Publisher: Digital resource provided by the Digital Humanities Initiative.
Ghazal
early draft of "tonight"; list of end rhymes; miscellaneous notes, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-003, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.