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Issue 36

December 2010 – Solistice Issue

Here’s the last issue for 2010. There are poems by seven poets here for your reading pleasure. The next issue will present the results of the astronomy challenge. Some good ghazals have been entered, but there’s still time to send some before the deadline (31 Dec). I hope to publish the astronomy challenge issue by the end of January 2011. The next issue after that will be the March Equinox issue, published around 21 March.

The quarterly schedule for The Ghazal Page — solstices and equinoxes — coincides with the seasons, but the poems are not necessarily seasonal. (And which season we’re in depends on the hemisphere we’re in.)

Here in the Missouri Ozarks, we don’t have truly severe winters, but we do get some ice, some snow, some very cold temperatures. In the last week, we’ve had snow, temperatures near zero, and freezing drizzle. That weather provides an appropriate context for reading the ghazals in this issue. There are some wintery poems, some spring ones, and some summer. There are love poems and poems of loss.

There is an impressive range of technical approaches in these ghazals, some using both radif and qafiya, some only radif, some only qafiya with a micro-rhyme. One uses neither but remains firmly in the ghazal tradition with its use of couplets. Read them aloud and you’ll hear the individual voices of the poems, even where the forms are very similar.

Fergus Carty A Childhood Memory
Passion for Poetry
The Stream
Winston Plowes Ghazal
Rose Ades A Surrey Girl’s Ghazal
Ash Krafton Heart Cultivated
Sarah Glaz Ghazal: Resonant Air
Marie-Suzanne Niedzielska Reality Check
Christine Bloom A Ghazal Sequence: In Memoriam

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Web developer of Ghazal Page. Sometime pseudonymous ghazalkar.