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A Nostalgist's Map of America: Poems

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Mapping America as he travels westward, the Nostalgist is an exile from his native Kashmir, and even from his first American home; his is the unique perspective of the outsider. These jeweled, intricate poems, like the multilayered "In Search of Evanescence," locate and reflect the America that must be "unseen to be believed."

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Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 17th 1992 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published October 1st 1991)
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Daniel Lee
Mourning while moving is a way to describe the overarching theme of this book. But to say this is a bit reductive. This, Shahid's most cohesive manuscript, does not disappoint. I want to write a book this good. I've bought four copies: one for myself and have given away three. This is a book to be shared.
“Each ray of sunshine is seven minutes old,”
Serge told me in New York one December night.

“So when I look at the sky, I see the past?”
“Yes, Yes,” he said. “especially on a clear day.”
And we are driving by the ocean

that evaporated here, by its shores,
the past now happening so quickly that each

stoplight hurts us into memory, the sky
taking rapid notes on us as we turn

at Tucson Boulevard and drive into
the airport, and I realize that the earth

is thawing from longing into longing and
that we are
Poems of loss and dispossession. Each one a song floating in on the sea.
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Agha Shahid Ali (आगा शाहीद अली) was an American poet of Kashmiri ancestry and upbringing.

His poetry collections include A Walk Through the Yellow Pages, The Half-Inch Himalayas, A Nostalgist's Map of America, The Country Without a Post Office, Rooms Are Never Finished (finalist for the National Book Award, 2001). His last book was Call Me Ishmael Tonight, a collection of English ghazals. His poems
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