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 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.