Issue 28 – August 2009
At long last, here are the results of the tercet challenge. There were enough successful tercet ghazals to populate four pages, linked from the index for the tercet challenge. I’ve assigned each page a somewhat arbitrary one-word title, drawn from one of the ghazals on that page. In compiling the pages, I tried to create sequences with some continuity and surprise. Other sequences are, of course, possible, as would be other titles for each page. In any case, read and delight!
There is a new radif challenge on the main page: check it out!
Grains of Sand
Pearls notoriously form around irritants: grains of sand in oysters. The tercet challenge, along with the radif challenges, is a grain of sand that irritated a number of oysters, resulting in the pearls to be found in this special issue of The Ghazal Page.
The ghazals written in response to the tercet challenge are very successfull. There are some intriguing formal variants, such as Esther Mürer’s use of Welsh rhyming for the qafiya in her poem or the use of two radifs in Elliott batTzedek’s ghazal. Each of these ghazals deserves careful reading with attention to its sounds.
Please consider submitting tercet ghazals for future issues. Given the quality of these tercet ghazals, they would go well with ghazals written in two-line shers.
Ruby, emerald, diamond, pearl —
I gave it not, you took it not,
In the shadows lurks some dark thing
Would you judge the thief, the covetous,
Sometimes, the capricious muse may grant