Even The Rain

Even The Rain, 5.5. x 3” closed 5.5 x 10 feet opened. 2009. Edition 4.

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This painted text is a grateful acknowledgment to Agha Shahid Ali’s poem of the same name. Interestingly, Shahid Ali wrote his poem as an homage to another poet, e.e. cummings. He echoes the phrase “nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands” from cummng’s poem ‘somewhere I have never travelled,gladly beyond’.

Shahid’s text is a Ghazal. This poetic form has roots in 7th century Arabia and was written or spoken in intricate couplets. Traditionally, the last verse must contain the poet’s intimate or personal pen name. From Call Me Ishmael Tonight © 2003 The Agha Shahid Ali Literary Trust.

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