Great contentious pressures create these gem-like miniatures: East and West, rich and poor, fisc and spirit, landmines and butterflies, indictment and song. They take their hexagonal shape in a landscape that spans from Gilgamesh to Karachi. Over the humbled landscapes flies the paper kite of the great Urdu poet, Muhammad Iqbal, as Raza Ali Hasan channels the high-flying intentions and grounded tensions of his mentor. The poems are solemn and funny, a call to prayer and a call to arms. They are smart, scathing, and demand to be read with attention and concern.
…Raza Ali Hasan is a verbal magician and a talent to watch.
67 Mogul Miniatures rebuilds Persepolis—deftly, musically and with a winning clarity.