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ARDOUR is a dialogue with Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s (c.1797–1869) Urdu Divan. Addressing a beloved in whose name it is also inscribed, Ardour is a cry of intimacy and separation resonant with the affective intensities of form. It is the latest instalment of Rana’s serial poem ‘The Daud’, an inquiry into Urdu poetry and the ghazal, ongoing since 2003.
Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies.
Matthew Rana is an artist, poet, and critic living in Stockholm. His writing has appeared in Art-Agenda, Camera Austria, OEI, and Jacket2, among others, and he is a regular contributor to Kunstkritikk and Frieze. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam.