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By Raza Ali Hasan

In the lull, the afternoon sun warms

the linseed field. The flowers are quiet,


their bright subdued in the green

while the mind wanders


to the emerald mosque upon the hill,

built around a flowing spring,


the easy absolutions and ablutions

in that mosque where the spring water


has been let loose to meander

over marble courtyards and inner chambers,


across the geometric, green-tiled floor that

cools the heels of the faithful.


Raza Ali Hasan, "The Emerald Mosque on the Hill" from Grieving Shias. Copyright © 2006 by Raza Ali Hasan.  Reprinted by permission of The Sheep Meadow Press.

Source: Grieving Shias (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2006)

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Poet Bio

Raza Ali Hasan
The Pakistani-American poet Raza Ali Hasan came to America in 1991. He earned a BA and an MA from the University of Texas, Austin, and an MFA from Syracuse University. Hasan lives in Boulder and has taught at the University of Colorado and Iowa State University. His poetry addresses political and cultural themes with imagery both sharply focused and set within a moving, unstable field.   

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