Modern Poetry of Pakistan

edited by Iftikhar Arif and Waqas Khwaja
Dalkey Archive Press, 2011.

Modern Poetry of Pakistan brings together not one but many poetic traditions indigenous to Pakistan, with 142 poems translated from seven major languages, six of them regional (Baluchi, Kashmiri, Panjabi, Pashto, Seraiki, and Sindhi) and one national (Urdu). Collecting the work of forty-two poets and fifteen translators, this book reveals a society riven by ethnic, class, and political differences—but also a beautiful and truly national literature, with work both classical and modern, belonging to the same culture and sharing many of the same concerns and perceptions. (Publisher’s description)

Iftikhar Arif is an Urdu poet and scholar. He is currently the Chairman of Pakistan’s National Language Authority and has received the Presidential Pride of Performance award. His poetry has been translated into several languages, including English in the collection Written in a Season of Fear.

Waqas Khwaja is an Associate Professor of English at Agnes Scott College. He has published three collections of poetry, a travelogue, and has edited several anthologies of Pakistani literature.