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.


Tonight [poem]
Poem Publication History: Call me Ishmael tonight: A book of ghazels (Norton, 2003), Poem Publication History: The veiled suite (Publisher: W.W. Norton, 2009), Digital Publisher: Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College
True subject (The poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz) [essay]
Publication History: Grand Street Vol 9-No.2 Winter 1990, Publication History: Also presented at MLA 1988, Digital Publisher: Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Copyright to be reviewed.
Untitled personal notes
miscellaneous notes titled "Memories of the Palladium", 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-103a-001-032, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Untitled personal notes
entitled "Husband of Water" and quote from Faiz, 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-103a-001-042, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Untitled personal notes
a personification of death and his actions, a pervasive feeling of resisting the onward tug of time, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-035, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Untitled personal notes
miscellaneous fragments related to themes of "The Country without a Post Office", Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-044, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Untitled personal notes
draft of story about a dying woman, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-045, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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Shahid envisions his hand as a city, a city where for some reason each finger goes straight to a prison, then a short bit about the latin names for vegetables and flowers, then a recanting of a tragedy of two innocent brothers being shot in cold blood in the village of Khanan (a village supposedly "gifted" to Shahid's grandmother, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-043, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Untitled personal notes
musing on music, warfare, visions of nighttime, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-039, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Untitled personal notes
notes on poetics, short story about traveling toward a loved one; a quote from Ibn Zaydun; small rhymed poem on sunrise, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-037, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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sketch of an introduction for W.S. Merwin, who is visiting Hamilton College, in which Shahid speaks of his insistence on being the one who does the introducing and of how brilliant Merwin is; miscellaenous notes on existence, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-036, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Untitled personal notes
descriptions of a mosque, the sentence "Death is a master from New Delhi," and three notes about heaven, nighttime, and travel, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-038, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.