RAZA MIR is Associate Professor of Business at William Paterson University, New Jersey (USA). His interest in Urdu poetry and literature is uninflected by any professional concerns, but he takes delight in reading good poetry and sharing it with others. He is currently working on a book about the contributions made by the poets of the Progressive Writers' Association (PWA) toward the creation of a new aesthetic in Urdu poetry.

PHOTO BY M.U. MEMON
(Madison) October 2002