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Rococo and Other Worlds

Selected Poems

Afzal Ahmed Syed holds a unique place among contemporary poets of the Urdu language, as an acknowledged master of both the classical and modern Urdu poetic forms. The poems in Rococo and Other Worlds explore the mythology and historical realities of South Asia and the Middle East; their bold imagery creates narratives of voluptuous perfection, which remain inseparable from the political realities that Syed witnessed as a young observer of the violent separation of East Pakistan and emergence of Bangladesh in 1971 and of the Lebanese civil war in 1976. Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s sensitive translations bring this extraordinary work to English readers for the first time.


“Widely known as a powerful contemporary voice in both classical and modern Urdu poetic expression, Syed has not previously had a full collection translated into English. …Syed leaps across continents and takes on the classics, modern warfare, great love, the pleasure of eating ice cream for the first time, and much, much more. …I feel no hesitation in saying he creates something marvelous, something breathtaking and wholly unfamiliar in its scope in Rococo and Other Worlds.”

—Molly Jean Bennett, The Hollins Critic


"A powerful narrative of human solitude and alienation, the gentle and at times explosive rhythms of Rococo and Other Worlds linger in the mind long after the poems are read and contemplated. A modern sensibility profoundly informed by the finest liberal traditions of classical Urdu poetry at its best."—Muhammad Umar Memon, professor Urdu and Persian literature and Islamic studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Rococo usually refers to baroque style, playful and elaborate rhythms and ornament, but other worlds also leap and scream from these poems—images of violent history as Tacitus, Goya, or Kafka saw it. A sense of danger pervades a desperate and eroticized human search for safety. It's a dark vision, near surrealist, painfully unique."—David Ray, author of Sam's Book and After Tagore

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Rococo and Other Worlds

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