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January 3, 2018,

Welcome to the "December" issue of the Ghazal Page, with twenty select poems crafted by thirteen talented poets.

2018 marks a major policy change for us.  Due to the increasing volume of submissions, especially for the regular issues, we have had to decline a higher proportion of poems than previously.  In order to allow more opportunity for new poets and new poems to be published, we will no longer accept reprints, translations, or simultaneous submissions.  Those published in this issue are the last ones that will appear in the Ghazal Page for the foreseeable future.  All future submissions should include a statement that the poem is the original work of the person submitting it, has not been previously published, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

In addition to regular submissions, there is still (a little) room in the next themed issue–"Alone"–scheduled for January - the deadline will be "whenever I get around to finalizing it".  Sad or beautiful, in solitude or in a crowd, there's always a way to be alone.

The theme for Issue #79 (in the Spring) will be Falling.

Read, write, and enjoy!

The Ghazal Page Staff


Laurel Ann Lowe
Bastard's Ghazal

Ross Donlon
The Horses
Sunlight and Shadow

Selina Mahmood

Tracy Fiebiger
The Wild Dakini

Timothy Sandefur

Mace Hosseini
The Fence

Rizwan Akhtar
Ghazal: Fire

Sudha Dixit
With the Wind - a Ghazal

Nichael Cramer
Ghazal #7 (show so many things)
Ghazal #8 (Birthday Ghazal: blue, crystal)

William Dennis
Stones Are Nothing to My Heart
I Could Not Express
The Past Is All in View

Deborah Leipziger
The Map of Amber

Tamara K. Walker
Petulant Communiques from the Late Kali Yuga

Maaz Bin Bilal
Not a Wish Comes to Fruition