Here's the last issue for 2010. There are poems by seven poets here for your reading pleasure. The next issue will present the results of the astronomy challenge. Some good ghazals have been entered, but there's still time to send some before the deadline (31 Dec). I hope to publish the astronomy challenge issue by the end of January 2011. The next issue after that will be the March Equinox issue, published around 21 March.
Welcome to the first quarterly issue of The Ghazal Page and a new ghazal challenge! The quarterly issues will be a bit more like the special issues than the monthly ones. In the September issue, you'll find excellent ghazals by Carl Schmottlach and Syed Faizan. While the quarterly issues are coordinated with the solstices and the equinoxes, they will not have seasonal themes (unless someone submits some good seasonal ghazals). The new challenge is truly cosmic; I look forward to your ghazals submitted for it.
The results of the book challenge are now online. The design of this issue is based on photos of an early 17th century book; David Quentin Dauthier owns the book and took the pictures. I hope you'll agree with me that this visual element extends the impact of the ghazals.
A new challenge will be issued with the fall 2010 issue.
Please remember the current ghazal challenge on the theme of books. Several good ghazals have already arrived; you have until 31 July to submit your own. I look forward to them.
There are five ghazals by four poets in the July issue. Thematically, they move from a dripping faucet to Eternity, taking a path through war, lost love, and Mother Teresa. Enjoy the journey!
There's a new ghazal challenge with 31 July as the due date. I hope to see ghazals in a variety of forms in response to this challenge — Persian/Urdu style, of course, but also Arabic and tercet ghazals, along with other variations that your poetic imagination discovers.
The June issue is online now. Please enjoy the six fine ghazals.
The May issue features six ghazals by four poets. These poems show a variety of ways to develop the ghazal form in English. Form and theme work synergestically in each of these ghazals. Enjoy!
The Arabic ghazal challenge poems should be published toward the end of this week.
Here's the April issue on time! I think you'll find that the four ghazals in it will reward the time and energy you put into reading them. I would always encourage you to read a poem aloud, especially if you find it resists you on a silent reading. In the case of this issue, I especially urge you to read the poems aloud. Silent reading can result in loss of meaning as well as music.
I have been working on the Arabic ghazal challenge issue, which I hope to publish in a couple weeks. Just as the challenge seems to have been more difficult than the others, involving radifs, so setting up the issue is a bit more demanding as well. The results will be very much worth waiting for. When the results of the Arabic ghazal challenge are published, I will issue a new ghazal challenge.
The March issue is available through the link on the right. This issue is unusual in that it consists of five poems by a single poet, "from American Amnesiac," poems that Diane Raptosh intends to develop into a longer sequence. The notion of a sequence of ghazals may be unusual in itself, but the sequencing of these five works quite well.
For readers concerned about purity of the ghazal form, I know that these depart in a couple of ways from the Persian ghazal as delineated, most notably, by Agha Shahid Ali. Readers who have followed the essays by David Jalajel will know that in its Arabic origins, the ghazal differed in many ways from its later Persian/Urdu form. I prefer not see the form as fixed at any one stage of its development but still capable of further
Here, finally, is the February issue. The poems themselves have been ready for about a week, but some personal issues kept me from publishing it until now. My apologies to the poets and to the readers for this delay. I'm certain you will find the poems worth the wait. The editor's comments for this issue use a reader-response approach. You may want to look at my for students. There's also an over-view on the College of New Rochelle's Web site.
In any case, I hope that your response to these four ghazals includes surprise and delight.
The January issue presents six ghazals by five poets. When compiling an issue, I try to find a group of poems that work well together, then I find a good order to put them in. The grouping and order are more intuitive than rationalized, and contrasting ghazals work as well as ones that harmonize.
This set of a half-dozen fits together and flows especially well. Enjoy them!
Interested readers — for instance, seeking permission to reprint a poem — can always contact the poet through me.
The results of the book challenge. Long live books!