Flight and The Veiled Suite

Fli0399155252.01._SX140_SY225_SCLZZZZZZZ_ Flight: New and Selected Poems by Linda Bierds

A Marian Wood Book, Published By G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York 2008

A wonderful collection of poems by a poet I had not read before.  Linda Bierds teaches at the University of Washington and lives on Bainbridge Island, across Puget Sound from Seattle.

Rich, vital language describes things from  human life,  science, nature, art, music and the people who created, invented and discovered throughout history.  Bierds takes  works of art and paints them in language, making them come alive on the page.  She take names of people from the history of science and has them speak to us, tells us their stories.  I love this book and will add it to my poetry collection.

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The Veiled Suite by Agha Shahid AliVeil0393068048.01._SX140_SY225_SCLZZZZZZZ_

W.W. Norton & Company, New York and London, 2009

I discovered Agha Shahid Ali when reading about him after his death. I believe it was something written by Amitav Ghosh, a favorite author of mine and a friend of Ali’s.  Agha Shahid Ali was born in New Delhi, raised in Kashmir, and came to the United States to attend Penn State.  He stayed on and developed a highlr regarded academic career.

I wish I had known of Agha Shahid Ali long ago, when I first started reading Rumi and Kabir, for I would have liked to compare ancient and modern Muslim poets.   Ali’s poems are modern forms of ancient poetry, ghazals,  weaving threads of his homeland with life in America.   They are by turns funny and tragic, earthy and mystical.  The Veiled Suite is a fine collection that spans all his published works.  It is a book to pick up over and over again, containing different tones and styles of poetry.   I find it all lyrical and emotionally resonant and enjoyed it very much.

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2 responses to “Flight and The Veiled Suite

  1. The Veiled Suite is a lovely book and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    P.S.: It’s ‘Shahid’… you seem to have spelt his name with two ‘D’s in quite a few places. :-)

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