Welcome to The Ghazal Page for 2013. Four regular issues are planned this year, along with at least two special issues. You will find here a variety of approaches to the ghazal as a form for poetry in English. Please feel to contact us with comments and to submit your own ghazals. Please see the information on submitting ghazals.
You may also be interested in the newsletter for The Ghazal Page, begun in March 2013. This file explains the purpose of the newsletter and how to subscribe to it.
Preface to the Speculative Challenge Issue
Sun Nov 17 07:33:59 2013
Pleasures and surprises await you in this half-dozen ghazals. "Speculative" writing and art covers a number of approaches. These poems seem more eerie than otherwise, "eerie" being an old term for the fantastic. Genre, by the way, seems very porous to me. Almost any of these ghazals could be considered psychological realism. Please join me in thanking Joshua Gage for his efforts in selecting and presenting these poems.
Preface to the September Issue
Sun Sep 29 09:47:33 2013
I'm pleased to present the September issue of The Ghazal Page — 18 poems by nine poets with a variety of approaches to the ghazal in English. As with past issues, I have grouped poems on four pages and put them into a sequence suggested by theme, imagery, and form. Unfortunately, there are no editor's comments with this issue. However, these ghazals stand very well on their own and will reward careful reading. Enjoy!
Preface to the Water Challenge Issue
Tue Jun 25 15:02:25 2013
My best thanks to Mary Cresswell for a superb job as guest editor of the Water Challenge! I hope there will be another guest-edited special issue by the end of the year.
Preface to the June Issue
Mon Jun 24 08:05:33 2013
This issue is late due to events beyond my control. However, I believe you'll find it worth the wait. You'll find Editor's Comments on each of the three pages; here I am including comments from Steffen Horstmann on the proof-copies. Steffen says what I would but says it much better.
I hope that you will agree with Steffen and me that this is an outstanding issue. Your responses and comments are welcome.
I just went through the proof copies and everything looks fine. This is really a splendid issue — it's exciting to see some of the same names (and more of them continuously) who are continuing to contribute fine work to TGP. There is the sense that more poets are working with the form in much greater depth, that they have come to realize the remarkable possibilities for the ghazal in English. What is truly impressive is the innovation displayed by these poets, because, I think, all of the poems are recognizable as ghazals, yet a few of them are something completely new. This seems to me a groundbreaking issue, and I'm grateful to be a part of it.
The next submission period is August 1 – 15. I’m looking forward to an equally rich harvest of ghazals.
Preface to the March Issue
Wed Mar 6 11:47:00 2013
As it begins its 15th year, The Ghazal Page undergoes another design change and new submission policies. These policies received their first use in February and have worked well. The March issue presents 18 poems by twelve poets, with a wide range of approaches to the ghazal in English.
The Editor's Comments on each of the three pages will explore further the achievements of these ghazals. I hope you will find the range of themes and formal approaches challenging and rewarding.
May I ask that you read them first as poems and then in regards to their "fit" with your template of a "real" ghazal? While the Persian/Urdu ghazal form is understood more widely among poets writing in English, it still isn’t completely naturalized. One of the advantages of the form’ being more recognizable is that variations on it are more recognizable to the reader.
The next submission period is May 1 – 15. I’m looking forward to an equally rich harvest of ghazals.