Special Issue Links
Speculative Challenge Issue (Guest Editor: Joshua Gage)
An excellent editing job by Josh Gage. Perhaps these speculative ghazals will spark speculative ghazals in you. The term, "speculative," covers a broad and varied area.
Water Challenge Issue (Guest Editor: Mary Cresswell)
Mary Cresswell did an outstanding job of acquiring poems for this issue, and selecting and arranging them. More guest editors to be announced!
Ekphrastic poetry is based on other arts, attempting to achieve similar effects. This issue presents a number of ghazals based on paintings and one piece of music. If you are inspired by reading through these ghazals, you can always submit your own ekphrastic ghazals for a regular issue.
I hope that you will agree with me in finding the results of the music challenge to be especially rewarding. There are almost two dozen ghazals by just over a dozen poets. These ghazals exemplify the way in which poetry can give insights unavailable to discursive writing.
There are 21 ghazals by fourteen poets in this issue. Each poem deals in some way with the theme of change, resulting in a variety of successful ghazals.
You will find 18 ghazals by nearly a dozen poets in this issue. These poems cover a very wide range of topics, from the mythological to the personal to the literally astronomical. Please enjoy them!
Twelve poets contributed 16 poems to this issue with the theme of "books." All but one of the poems are ghazals. David Jalajel's poem, "Books," while not a ghazal, makes an excellent proem for the issue.
Here are nine ghazals that make varied use of the Arabic ghazal form as explained by David Jalajel. I hope that you will find this ghazals rewarding and that you'll try the approach yourself. I'd love to see the results.
A spectrum of ghazals awaits your reading! Over twenty poets rose to the challenge with over two-dozen effective ghazals.
The results of the tercet challenge await you at the other end of this link. The ghazals published there provide a number of varied satisfactions. Enjoy!
Stone melts, flows, erodes, crumbles, forms out of settled debris, rises into mountains, undergirds seas. The variety of these ghazals reflects the variety of stone.
You will find 18 ghazals here, celebrating the many flavors of sugar. Get a spoon, get some tongs, and enjoy!
These two essays discuss the ghazal as a form of Urdu poetry and the ghazal as a musical form. You will find them very informative.
English Ghazals Based on Arabic Forms. These essays provide both information and guidelines for writing ghazals in English.
You will find 20 ghazals here; there are four pages as well as the index page that this link leads to. Enjoy!