"Hashmi is now widely recognised as Pakistan's premier English-language poet and a major literary voice from Asia."
This distinctive and memorable volume of selected poems by Alamgir Hashmi draws on seven original books of his poetry published since 1976, and represents the most comprehensive selection of his work to appear in the UK to date.
Lyrical, compassionate and personal on the one hand, ironical, political and wryly humorous on the other, these poems take us to America and Europe as well as through the rich, vibrant countryside and cities of Pakistan. Love poems and poems about family and domestic life are juxtaposed with acerbic comment on oppressive regimes, in Pakistan and elsewhere, and shining through everything is an understated wisdom and erudition, and a vivid evocation of the natural world.
The late Ted Hughes described Hashmi's poems as "a delight - sinuous and assured, serious with a light touch, full of character, surprise, authenticity." This is poetry which looks both to the East and the West and in so doing, establishes its unique position in English-language poetry - unusual, beautiful and enduring.
“That he makes his home in language rather than elsewhere is indeed central to Hashmi's poetry… Alamgir Hashmi is a committed, innovative, fascinating poet; his voice, surely an essential one on the world stage, seems as if it could travel anywhere, say anything.”
Moniza Alvi, PN Review