ISSUE 58

INTRODUCTION

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 AliJean 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 findqasida, tercets, free verse ghazals from Ann HowellsSunil Uniyal's translation of Mir Taqi Mir, and delightful experimental approaches from Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, Karla Linn Merrifield, Huma Azeem, and Alexander Tokarev. Enjoy!

Holly Jensen

POETRY

I.

Ghazal for a Prodigy, Anne Pitkin
Doorways, Ann Howells
The Limbic Door, Judith Skillman
|| Kisses are for strangers. || Nilesh Mondal 
Notes from the Valley of Yin and Yang, Siham Karami
After the New Year, Esther Greenleaf Murer  
3 poems on paintings by Michael Guinn, William Dennis
  -ed Ghazal #55: (super sour orange amateur faux ghazal attempt), D. Russel Micnhimer
   Misled Heart, Anastasia Vassos
qadisa #24, David Jalajel
Ghazal of Lost Dreams, Antonia Clark
Beautiful, Eric Torgersen
A Burning Country,  David Subacchi
Thou Shalt Not Postpone, Karla Linn Merrifield

II.

Tonight re-reading Tonight, Yousuf bin Mohammad
Bully Meets His Match, Ann Howells
Soprano Ghazal, Anne Pitkin
Earn Today, Seree Cohen Zohar
A sea of sand, Sunil Uniyal
The Grapes of Wrath,  Jean L. Kreiling
The Unspoken For, Linda Umans
No More Now, William Dennis
Ghazal 2, Sana Shah
Coming Forward, Susan F. Glassmeyer
Life and Me, Huma Azeem
On Balance, Barbara Lydecker Crane
|| Courtrooms at night. || Nilesh Mondal

III.

A Breakdown, Roz Levine
Winds of Seven Seasons, Alexander Tokarev
Air Ghazal, Ellen Pickus
Teller, Michele Waering
You Said, Huma Azeem
Love's Tumbleweeds, Tracy Fiebiger
River, A Ghazal, Mohammad Zahid
qadisa #25, David Jalajel
Evening Wine, Silk, and Knives, Rose Knapp
Moon Junoon, Sophia Pandeya
Memory's Seven Veils, Suzanne Niedzielska
As long as I breathe, Mir Taqi Mir, translated by Sunil Uniyal
On Viewing Dante and Beatrice by Henry Holiday, 1884, Beatriz F. Fernandez

IV.

Anguish, Huma Azeem
 Still Loss, Suzanne Herschell
I Looked for Her, M. Shayne Bell
Exploding in the Sky, William Dennis
The River, Nels Hanson
In your absence: Ghazal on a line by Ashbery, Esther Greenleaf Murer
Dream (Ghazal #53), D. Russel Micnhimer
Game, A Ghazal, Mohammad Zahid  
The Moon, Eric Torgersen
Bruise, Shining, Erika Glass
Now and Again, Michele Waering
Absence, Sophia Pandeya
He comes to deliver, Sunil Uniyal

V.

Rae Anne, Ann Howells
The Raven's Eye, Sandra Anfang
|| A cloud shaped like sheep. || Nilesh Mondal
 “When..." Alexander Tokarev
Sky Ghazal, Ellen Pickus
These Days, Eric Torgersen
Don't Try This At Home, Siham Karami
Water, Michele Waering
   qadisa #26, David Jalajel
Around the bend, Esther Greenleaf Murer
Broken Ghazal, Jan Zlotnik Schmidt