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.


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poem drafts; one is related to "Even the Rain", 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-001-057, 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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notes for a class that Shahid was preparing to teach, informal lesson plan and list of reminders to self, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-055, 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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grandmother's, 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-001-011, 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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three short notes to self, the copied ending of A Tale of Two Cities, and another entry under the title CRACKDOWN where soldiers enter homes filled with women, proceed to destroy and steal things, all separated by xxx, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-013, 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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a note about loving prose poems, some musings concerning his father, and a short note about how Kashmir is stitched to his shadow, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-010, 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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notes separated by xxx, talk of slaughter and genocide as remembered moments before getting in a car crash in Montana and worrying whether his loved ones will know what has gone through his brain, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-014, 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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work from the same fiction class, he writes the first paragraph in three different forms, first without instructed, then instructed to make it a detective novel, then instructed to create a romance, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-017, 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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notes from fiction class Shahid attended to begin work on a novel; describes customs of sexing and gendering a child practiced 400 years ago in Kashmir, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-016, 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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notes separated by xxx, mostly about gardens and the way a heart can ache, one about a dream where Shahid is on a very specific flight, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-015, 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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at first a poem about imminent death, then a statement declaring that one should "write in free verse to subvert western civilization and write in formal verse to save oneself from western civilization," then a poem describing the images of temples and mosques as they are reflected in a lake, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-009, 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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interspersing of a poem of Emily Dickinson's entitled "With Flowers" and Shahid's own personal lines that talk of bridging the gap between Amherst and Kashmir, xxx denotes distinctions between Dickinson's poetry and his own related poetry, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-005, 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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"my grandmother's dream", Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-004, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.