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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notes on mass graves in Sri Lanka and "roses" in Sarajevo to commemorate the war; draft poem about rescue of a beloved woman, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-031, 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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short poem about a body breaking under the night sky, and the flowers and stars that surround the scence, a short poem about the cries coming from a grandmother's house, then excerpts or early drafting from his poem "I Dream I am the Only Passenger on Flight 423 to Srinagar", Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-028, 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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four sections denoted by xxx, a quote by Rumi about how exactly to approach knowledge, a note about the Koran, a short poem-esque piece about a "watcher of the sky" questioning how exactly he survives, a poem about losing track of a loved one and that loved one then turning the narrator of the poem into a "perfect enemy" (The opening line is the opening line of the poem "Farewell" by Shahid, which is anthologized), Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-022, 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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miscellaneous notes on weather and a meteor shower and image of a river; draft of poem with themes of time dissolving, people escaping, and a guest who is visiting and cooking, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-020, 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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miscellaneous notes on theme of life changes over time; images of sky and house and meeting a woman in Phoenix airport in 1994 who said she was "programmed to be lonely", Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-019, 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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seven sections denoted by xxx 1 "The last yes." 2 a description of escaping in winter while time seems to dissolve 3 "And then- my shawl draped over you- ending my mirrors." 4 asphodel 5 "Just as I saw the spiral wreck of human love and all that's human," a quote from the fresnch writer/artist of polish descent Guillame Apollinaire 6 a nost about how Husband of Water would be a good title for a chapbook 7 "I never knew there could be so many things I did not want," a quote of Socrates, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-021, 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 "Farewell"; notes about existence and a recollection of how his father was brought a letter from the post office during troubles in Kashmir, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-024, 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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titled GHAZAL, Laurence Hope quote at the top of the page, "Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar.", then drafting for Shahid's poem "Tonight", Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-026, 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 "Farewell"; quote from Tacitus, 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-001-023, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Where violence has silenced verse [essay]
Newsclipping from Shahid's folder: Agha Shahid Ali Literary Trust, Poem Publication History: The New York Times Magazine, Newsclipping found in folder marked "Kashmir", Digital Publisher: Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College