Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rooms Are Never Finished: Poems” as Want to Read:
Rooms Are Never Finished: Poems
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Rooms Are Never Finished: Poems

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this stunningly inventive collection—a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in poetry—Ali excavates the devastation wrought upon his childhood home, Kashmir, and reveals a more personal devastation: his mother's death and the journey with her body back to Kashmir.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published November 1st 2001)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rooms Are Never Finished, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rooms Are Never Finished

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 208)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Bobby
Agha Shahid Ali was a Kashmiri-American poet who I don't think is very well known in the US. Years ago, I happened to hear one of his poems on the radio while I was driving and was completely blown away. Finally, I found a used copy of his poems. The "theme" of this book is his mother's death due to an illness, and him taking her body back to Kashmir per her wishes. As with any compilation, I was moved by the some poems, and not so much by the others. I especially liked his ghazals (a type of po ...more
Tristan
This was fabulous. I loved the way Agha's writing flows; every poem is a little masterpiece. "A Secular Comedy" was especially wonderful, as was "Summers of Translation," the third section of "From Amherst to Kashmir".
Every poem was brilliantly crafted; this is a bit from the title poem: "But for small invisible hands, no wall/ would be lacquered a rain forest's colors. Before,/ these walls had just mirrors (I tried on--for size--/kismet's barest air)". The poems were elegant, meaningful, packed
...more
Nik Kane
In the mystical poetic tradition of the masters of Sufi verse.
Daniel Lee
Absolutely stunning. The first poem in the volume, "Lenox Hill" made me weep at Barnes & Noble the first time I read it. Some of Shahid's best ghazals also included.
Shirley
About being somewhere, but not really being there. Almost all the poems are about mourning, so they're better read on a rainy day or late in the day.
Gary McDowell
Not a big fan of the ghazal.
Alice
Alice marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2015
Erik
Erik added it
Dec 27, 2014
Arjun Rajendran
Arjun Rajendran marked it as to-read
Dec 11, 2014
Cloud
Cloud marked it as to-read
Dec 05, 2014
Abhar
Abhar marked it as to-read
Nov 06, 2014
Irshad Bhat
Irshad Bhat marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2014
Jessa
Jessa marked it as to-read
Oct 06, 2014
Fareshta Jan
Fareshta Jan marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2014
Meghan
Meghan added it
Sep 15, 2014
Ragini
Ragini marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2014
Mirza Sharafat
Mirza Sharafat marked it as to-read
Jul 15, 2014
Celia Burke
Celia Burke marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2014
Kamran
Kamran marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Rebel's Silhouette: Selected Poems
  • When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone
  • Blue Hour
  • Elegy
  • This Time: New and Selected Poems
  • Collected Poems
  • Behind My Eyes [With CD]
  • The Orchard
  • Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected
  • Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems
  • Given Sugar, Given Salt
  • The Collected Poems, 1975-2005
  • Facts About the Moon
  • The Republic of Poetry
  • Jersey Rain
  • Poems of Nazım Hikmet
  • Harmonium
  • The Poems of Marianne Moore
58892
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
...more
More about Agha Shahid Ali...
The Country Without a Post Office Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals The Veiled Suite: The Collected Poems The Half-Inch Himalayas A Nostalgist's Map of America: Poems

Share This Book