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Looking Backward: How Urdu Poetry Makes Queerness Historical

For three centuries, the ghazal has been the most prestigious and popular genre of Urdu poetry.

“everytime the line
breaks I ache”
The Pink Trance Notebooks



My sorrows have become strange to me these days

It’s about the time of morning, the dew awakens

What’s judgment day but the beauty of both worlds

That bar, that wine, even that glass is the same,

That there is my beloved cupbearer, but the heart is emptied

It’s the same confusion, and yet it’s like a wave beneath the surface

My life is still the same, but Jigar, this is the state of things



Kya faraq padta hai?Faraq,firāq,