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."
- iii , 3801 N.’ Pasatiempo Place Tucson, Arizona 85705 U.S.A. 4 March 1984 My dearest Daddy, Just for no reason at all, I mean no special reason, but I just wanted to write. Sheila Dhar came to visit me here in Tucson, and Pavan came a day later. we had a marvellous time listening to tapes of her ragas (she is singing beautifully, better than ever before) and cooking and talking. She made a wonderful Gujarati karhi, and I thought of Mummy when she used to make karhi on Sundays in Srinagar. A...
A Call I close my eyes. It doesn't leave me, the cold moon of Kashmir which breaks into my house and steals my parents’ love. I open my hands: empty, empty. This cry is foreign. "When will you come home?" Father asks, then asks again. The ocean moves into the wires. I shout, "Are you all happy?" The line goes dead. The waters leave the wires. The sea is quiet, and over it the cold, full moon of Kashmir. 54
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
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