50 poems: 30 Selected 20 New

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  • Copyright: 2013-04-19
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The 30 Selected and 20 New that comprise 50 POEMS have been chosen to present a concise and representative volume of Zulfikar Ghose' poetry for the general reader and for scholars specialising in contemporary English poetry and post-colonial literature. The earliest of the selected poems-first published almost fifty years ago inThe Times Literary Supplement, The London Magazine, New Statesman, The Spectator, and broadcast on the BBC Third Programme-established Zulfikar Ghose as Pakistan's premier English-language poet. Deracination, an obsessive theme in the early work, resonates as a metaphor for the human condition and gives the poems their universal appeal. The new poems draw upon a wider experience, ranging from an elegy on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to a meditation on an old Argentine bank note, all heightened by a philosophical underpinning which is a hallmark of Zulfikar Ghose' work. An impeccable craftsman and creator of striking images, whose themes touch the core of human experience, he is a poet of lasting significance: 50 POEMS presents his essential work.

Author Biography

Born in 1935, in Sialkot, Pakistan, Zulfikar Ghose has lived in England and the United States for much of his life. He was educated at Sloane School, London, where the headmaster, Guy Boas, a Shakespeare scholar, encouraged him to write, and at Keele University where he received his BA in English and Philosophy. He edited the university's literary magazine and the national anthology, Universities' Poetry. After graduating, he lived in London where he worked as a cricket and hockey reporter for The Observer, wrote book reviews for the TLS and The Spectator, regularly contributed to the Arts page of The Western Daily Press in Bristol and also worked as a school teacher. In 1969, he was invited by the University of Texas at Austin to teach where he held the distinguished position of Susan Taylor McDaniel Regents Professor in Creative Writing. He retired in 2007. He continues to live in Austin with his wife, the Brazilian artist Helena de la Fontaine.

Table of Contents

1. Flying Over India
2. Across India: February 1952
3. The Body's Independence
4. This Landscape, These People
5. The Attack on Sialkot
6. The Picnic in Jammu
7. The Water Carrier
8. Decomposition
9. Geography Lesson
10. The Remove
11. The Incurable Illness
12. Mutability
13. Kew Bridge
14. Don't Forget the Pill, Dear
15. Old Ragged Claws
16. On Owning Property in the U.S.A.
17. The Pursuit of Frost
18. The Other World
19. View from the Observatory
20. Come, Sailor
21. One Chooses a Language
22. A Memory of Asia
23. Notes Towards a Nature Poem
24. E.g.
25. An Arrangement of Wild Flowers
26. Sounds
27. A Young Girl Diving
28. A Dragonfly in the Sun
29. The Oceans
30. Lady Macbeth's Farewell to Scotland
20 NEW
31. Angina Pectoris
32. The State of One's Liver
33. Ask the Women
34. Autobiography in Late Middle Age
35. At Pere Lachaise
36. Disturbed Nights
37. Mornings in the City
38. In Essex
39. Nusrat
40. The Shadow
41. At the Oasis
42. All in a Lifetime
43. News from London
44. The Herb Planet
45. Tribal Drums
46. Stopping by the Roman Arch
47. The Church and the Tree
48. Three Rooms in a Fort by the Ocean
49. Quinientos Pesos
50. Returning to the Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro

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