Welcome to the largest issue of The Ghazal Page ever! We're proud to present nearly 70 poems by 40 poets from four continents.
As usual, the poems are lush with romance, sex, loss, longing, grief, faith, nature, and politics, (bankers, veterans, refugees, exiles, and drones all make appearances). Issue 58 also revels in the beauty of art. Yousuf bin Mohammad evokes Agha Shahid Ali, Jean L. Kreiling talks Steinbeck, and Esther Greenleaf Murer takes John Ashbery's lead-- meanwhile, Anne Pitkin celebrates song and dance, and Beatriz F. Fernandez and William Dennis muse on paintings, both classical and contemporary.
Alongside exceptional, original Persian ghazals, you'll also find qasida, tercets, free verse ghazals from Ann Howells, Sunil Uniyal's translation of Mir Taqi Mir, and delightful experimental approaches from Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, Karla Linn Merrifield, Huma Azeem, and Alexander Tokarev.
DROP YOUR CLOTHES AND WEAR THE MOON --ERIC TORGERSEN
SERIAL KILLERS, SHE ADDS, AND POETS LOOK JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE -- ANN HOWELLS
THE NIGHT I DIED, I WAS TOO DRUNK TO KISS --NILESH MONDAL
AS POETS TURN WINE TO MOONLIGHT --SOPHIA PANDEYA
WHY DON'T YOU SIT AND KNIT THIS SHROUD OF ME TONIGHT?
--YOUSUF BIN MOHAMMAD
MY NERVES FRESH AS A WORDLESS WORD --JUDITH SKILLMAN
WE TWO UNLEARN TODAY --SEREE COHEN ZOHAR
IN A DREAM I SENT A WHIRLWIND/ TO STIR UP YOUR HEART
-- ALEXANDER TOKAREV