The photo used for the background in this issue comes from NASA's Web site. Thank you, NASA!
Wed Jan 26 11:44:07 2011
Thoughts, like meteors, draw lines in the sky connecting stars and human lives. All the constellations are artifacts of our cultures — poetry, myth, science. Human languages infest the heavens as we name planets, stars, constellations, moons, galaxies … we see ourselves reflected and speak the names of our desires and fears. These poems also draw lines that connect.
"As above, so below." Every existing thing a gem in Indra's Net, each gem reflecting all the others while remaining itself. The eighteen ghazals in this issue form a small but glowing strand of Indra's Jewel Net.
I can’t imagine there’s no Heaven
when I gaze up into the fair heavens.
Comets, red dwarves, black holes and nebulae
it’s so crazy up there in the heavens.
Dragons, a hunter, some dogs and a bull
there are even two bears in the heavens.
The lady who’s sure what glitters is gold
is now buying a Stairway to Heaven.
Meteors inspire poetic thoughts
the poet stares up into the heavens.