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Alamgir Hashmi

This Time in Lahore: New Poems

Published by Vision Press

“Alamgir Hashmi’s poems are a mixture of anecdote and reflection, occasionally glinting with a brief flash of dry humor… The essential quality of this style of poetry must be its ability to dazzle with the occasional intensely glimpsed perception picked from the poet’s gaze. There is a simple vigor and enthusiasm about the style that gives the volume a distinctive identity.” —Roger Iredale, Wasafiri

“Like the title poem, his strongest pieces are shaped to the speaking voice in clear diction and move in a fashion that points the value....” —Michael Thorpe, The Toronto Review

“Memory plays an important part in This Time in Lahore and conjures up startlingly disparate images. There are elegant descriptions of pine trees in the winter, of swans gliding on a lake, and a very sensitive portrait of an old man drawing on a sidewalk… Many of Alamgir Hashmi’s poems have strong political content and express a sense of outrage at social ironies and iniquities.” —Dawn

“In fact, the volume, which contains poems written over a few years, surprises the reader with its range and variety, moving as it does in ever-widening circles outwards and far beyond Lahore… The most evocative language is reserved for the nature poems… Hashmi is readable and enjoyable because of his sophisticated mastery of phrase and meaning and his uncanny ability to sublimate experiences while attaining both style and individuality.” —Inside Asia

“…moments of intense and surrealistic vividness…” —David McDuff, Stand

“In many of the poems an expansive vers libre is coupled with a low-keyed colloquialism. Hashmi’s best poems come out of the tension between his commitment and his roots.” —John Barnie, Kunapipi

“Although looking back with a critic’s hindsight the metaphysical, logical, philosophical and speculative were there from the first, this is…verse of a much higher order.”—Bruce King, JIWE

“To Hashmi, poetry is man’s only hope for authentic survival.”—Isagani R. Cruz, Asiaweek

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