Dancing shaman with a kingfisher's head.


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William Dennis

Nounce_2000 {at} yahoo.com

When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the low-lands of Nepal, I heard a collection of languages spoken, each sharing roots and borrowing vocabulary from the others. When occasion arose to return to Delhi, years later, I encountered ungrammatic, Englished versions of ghazals, and Roman-alphabetization of the Urdu script of a large number of Ghalib's ghazals. Lacking language skills and other credentials to perform scholarly or even adequate translation, I was nonetheless able to derive something from the Urdu by virtue of a passing familiarity with several other north Indian languages. Ghalib was discovered to be a great poet and veritably unread in the English-speaking world. What to do? A recasting of the great master's work, changing metaphors and images to more contemporary themes seemed possible and even desirable. Thus these poems are marked, "after Ghalib," rather than translations; but never doubt, the heart-work was done by the great Urdu poet.

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Sunny Dudley

Born in Winsted, Connecticut in 1935, the youngest child of a scholar pharmacist and teacher, I've been writing poetry most of my life. I prefer to think of poetry as the look in some creatures' eyes, the way the moon rises over the hill on a lonely night in winter, the wing-flight of a flock of birds soaring in tight formation...... To attempt to put such poetry on paper is the work of most poets who strive to capture it in a finite amount of lifetime, always working against the clock and mortality to leave a scrap of poetry on the blackboard of infinity.

I graduated from high school, married and raised 4 children, overcame a near-death experience at 26 and recovered to my own amazement. I went back to school and graduated from Southern Connecticut State College in 1978, majoring in English, minoring in Psychology.

Children flown, and divorced, I moved to the San Francisco area, managed a large apartment complex for 9 years, married again, and retired at 62.

I am currently retired and writing in the Colorado area.

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Joshua Gage

If you ever sail through Cleveland, stop a spell. You'll probably find Joshua Gage shivering under his purple bathrobe in a bar somewhere. Buy him a beer, if you can. He'll return the favor when he meets you in heaven. Head editor of , he can be found on clear nights storming up and down the Cuyahoga, thundering his hymns to any and all who are willing to listen. His book, Deep Cleveland Lenten Blues, has just been released by Deep Cleveland Press.

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Taylor Graham

piper {at} innercite.com

I'm a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada and also help my husband, a retired wildlife biologist, with his field projects. The dogs and poetry keep me more or less sane--poetry's a way of imposing some sort of order on a world that seems more and more out of control. My poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, New York Quarterly, Poetry International and elsewhere, and I'm included in the new anthology, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present.

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Robert Kennedy

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Robert Kennedy was born in Yonkers, NY in 1950, and studied Economics at Manhattan College and Law at New York Law School. He is married and has five grown children. Bob is a member of the Croton, NY Poet's Group, the Valley Artists and the Garrison Art Center, and regularly recites and shows his artwork in the Northern Westchester, NY area. In addition to his poetry on The Ghazal page, a collection of his sewer cover photos may be found online. He is employed at the monastery of the Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY.

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Majid Mohiuddin

Majid Mohiuddin resides in Boston, MA and has published a book of ghazals written in English, titled An Audience of One. He graduated from Brown University and is currently studying at Harvard. He is the recipient of the NJ Governor's Award in the Arts and Education. You can order the book and see a vision statement at this page or visit Amazon.com for book reviews in addition.

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frastus {at} frontiernet.net

JBMulligan is married, with three grown children, and has had poems and stories in dozens of magazines, including recently, The King's English, Copperfield Review, Riversedge, Voices in the Roses, Lily, and Pebble Lake Review, as well as two chapbooks: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS (Samisdat Press).

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David Lunde

David Lunde is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in such journals as Poetry, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Chelsea, Confrontation, Hawai'i Review, Chicago Review, Seneca Review, Cottonwood, The Mother Earth News, Asimov's SF Magazine, New Worlds, Renditions, Galaxy, Poetry Northwest, and Northwest Review. Most recent books: Blues for Port City (1995), Heart Transplants & Other Misappropriations (1996), Night fishing in Great Sky River (1999).

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Tree Riesener

Tree Riesener has published poetry and short fiction in literary magazines in the United States, Scotland and England. Short stories and poetry are archived online; more poetry can be found online at Lynx and The Ghazal Page. She was a winner in the Authors in the Park Short Story Competition and published in the anthology Fine Print. She won a double first at the 2001 Philadelphia Writers Conference for the Short-Short Story and the Literary Short Story. Two stories have been staged in the Writing Aloud series by InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia. She was a Semi-Finalist in the 2002 Pablo Neruda Poetry Competition. During summer, 2002, she was a Hawthornden Writing Fellow at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland. She is working on a novel about the effects of various kinds of imprisonment and restrictions on several generations of a family.

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Bruce Thompson

Bruce E. R. Thompson is a poet, puppeteer, philosopher, and librarian in San Diego County, California. He teaches philosophy at Cuyamaca College and he provides library reference service and teaches research skills to students at California State University, San Marcos. He also occasionally edits books on history and critical thinking for Greenhaven Press. As a philosopher his chief area of interest is formal logic, where he feels certain important questions remain to be answered. Visit his on fallacies of logic.

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Christina-Marie Umscheid

christinu {at} voyager.net

Christina-Marie Umscheid, publications include Chicago Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Caliban, The Poetry Review, Negative Capability, The Old Red Kimono, Great Lakes Review, Huron Review, The MacGuffin, Sou'wester, Great Midwestern Quarterly; Internet e-zines: World Poetry, was December 1996 followed by Blue Penny Quarterly, Switched-on Gutenberg, Poetry Tonight, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Ghazal Page, and Recursive Angel; anthologies: Voices of Michigan and At the Edge of Mirror Lake.

Books - From the Belly of Jonah's Whale and Even the Sparrow.

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Jill Williams

Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Jill Williams divides her time between Vancouver, British Columbia and Sedona, Arizona. Author of a Broadway musical (Rainbow Jones) and four nonfiction books, she has been published in numerous journals and mainstream magazines. She has two poetry books, The Nature Sonnets (Gival Press, 2001) and A Weakness For Men (Woodley & Watts, 2003). Currently, she hosts a monthly poetry reading series ("North Vancouver Poetry Night") and is guest-editing the winter 2005 issue of "Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine." Visit her website.

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