Taufiq Rafat is acknowledged as the finest Pakistani poet writing in English. He was born in Sialkot in 1927. Educated in Derra Dun, Aligarh and Lahore, he has been writing English verse for the past 45 years. His work has featured in three Oxford University Press collections of Pakistani English poetry, First Voices (1964), Pieces of Eight (1970), Wordfall (1976) and has been anthologised widely abroad in such publications as Poems of the Commonwealth, and Mentor’s Modem Asian Literature. His poems have been set in second-ary schools and College English courses in Africa, Australia and the United States, as well as in the intermediate English syllabi in the Punjab and Sind Universities in Pakistan.
His recent books include English verse renditions of the celebrated Punjabi poets Bulleh Shah and Qadir Yar’s Puran Bhagat; both volumes have received acclaim at home and abroad. He is now work-ing on a fourth book Lullabies of the Punjab, and is also in the pro-cess of writing his first novel in English.
This book brings us to 1978, and will be followed in due course by another volume called: Half Moon Poems 1979 — 1984.
In the wake of the critical success of The Late Parade (?poetry as lush as any of Keats?s odes,? New York Times Book Review), Adam Fitzgerald?s George Washington follows in the documentary poetics tradition of William Carlos Williams?s In the American Grain and Susan Howe?s My Emily Dickinson. These frenetic poems channel the proper names and product placement in the suburban New Jersey memescape of the 1990s. Fitzgerald?s catalogs?a world of video games and love songs, entertainment franchises and widespread anomie?seek out the proxies by which millions now live their most intimate experiences, examining everything from sexuality and faith to the spectacles of shopping and mass shootings. The poet?s memory may prove as fungible as the once-ubiquitous VHS cassette, but these queer poems form a hypertext archive of life as it?s packaged and purveyed. Fitzgerald?s ?primal vision? (Harold Bloom), so wildly alive in The Late Parade, metamorphoses into an exhilarating exploration of Americana?s dark origins.
AUTHOR: ADAM FITZGERALD ISBN: 9781631491009 Publisher: LIVERIGHT Subtitle: Author: ADAM FITZGERALD
It is said that: after nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. This new collection of Rumi stories fills that need. A luminous translation by Maryam Mafi brings the classic poet Rumis distinctive and timeless Sufi lessons to a new audience, transforming the original verses into prose that conveys the vibrancy of the medieval setting, and at the same time also sounds fresh. This beautifully produced volume also reiterates Rumis value in modern society. This fresh prose translation of 105 short teaching stories by Rumi, which form the core of the six-volume Masnavi, explores the hidden spiritual aspects of everyday experience. Rumi transforms the seemingly mundane events of daily life into profound Sufi teaching moments. These prose gems open the mystical portal to the world of the ancient mystic. Rumis voice alternates between playful and authoritative, whether he is telling stories of ordinary lives or inviting the discerning reader to higher levels of introspection and attainment of transcendent values. Mafis translations delicately reflect the nuances of Rumis poetry while retaining the positive tone of all of Rumis writings, as well as the sense of suspense and drama that mark the essence of the Masnavi.
This book contains the results of a series of studies undertaken in Baldia Township, Karachi. The first chapter summarizes theoretical issues as, for example, the question of the displacement of people as a possible side-effect of legalization and upgrading of settlements. Chapter two describes Karachi’s main features, its housing problem and government housing policies. The third chapter places Baldia in perspective and the project’s scope of activities. Chapters four and five present and analyse the main findings of the survey, touching on demographic aspects, housing and services and the project’s financial consequences for the inhabitants of Baldia. The last chapters present the main conclusions and recommendations of the project.
ISBN: 9694020123 – Hardback
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS ISBN: 0091259819 Publisher: NELSON THORNES Subtitle: FIVE SHORT PLAYS Author: ALAN DURBAND
In this indispensable, concise and thoroughly entertaining book, Professor Joscelyn Godwin, the translator of the first complete English edition of the Hypnerotomachia, guides the reader through its labyrinthine pages and unlocks the secrets and mysteries within Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s novel. He brings to life the worlds of both the Renaissance reader and the young Princeton undergraduate, setting both in the context of their time and place. Erudite and engaging, The Real Rule of Four is the perfect companion piece to The Rule of Four.
ISBN: 0099492490 Publisher: ARROW BOOKS Subtitle: THE UNAUTHORISED GUIDE TO THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Author: JOSCELYN GODWIN