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.