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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early draft of "tonight"; list of end rhymes; miscellaneous notes, 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-001-001, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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draft of poem entitled "The Lady Who Cleans the Universe", 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-001-006, 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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remembers, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-012, 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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two lines of a poem about Ishmael, the word CRACKDOWN, and a note about Stephen Paul who is an unspecified boy from Utah, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-008, 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 notes to self; draft poem-themes of agony; enemies; farewell, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-007, 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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reworking fiction class material as horror story and then as a "Subline American novel", Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-018, 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 and poem fragments where Death, Fate, and Time are personified, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-030, 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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account of combat and interactions with the enemy in the mountains, in Delhi, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-029, 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 on tragedies in Kashmir; dream of Shahid's mother in which Shahid brings her a grandchild; miscellaneous notes, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-027, 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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two parts, a short narrative of running away and losing everything and getting lost forever titled Kidnapper, followed by a short note on the debate of Tolstoy v. Dostoevsky "If I wish to change the world, I will read Tolstoy. But when the world still gives away after every change, I will read Dostoevsky.", 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-001-025, 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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poem fragments on love and separation, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-034, 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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draft of "The Absent Demonstrator; miscellaneous notes, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-041, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.