I am very excited to be showcased with these poets. The poems speak back and forth to each other.
This is what the editor Gino Peregrini has to say about these Ghazals:
Sun Aug 2 10:43:55 2009
There are mysteries in these ghazals: prayer, sisterhood, middle age, the metaphysics of erotic love, the surfaces under which desire lurks, a hollowness of roads. There are other echoes and resonances in these poems, for instance, to metaphysical poet John Donne's "bracelet of bright hair about the bone." Of course, every reader makes their own resonances from their own experiences, knowledge, imagination. I'm sure you'll find these poems rewarding on that level.
If you're interested in this form, I think you'll find some wonderful examples.
It's important to note that each stanza in a traditional ghazal ( pronounced guzz-el) should be discreet. First stanza repeats the end word in both lines of the couplet; after that it's the second line of the couplet (see examples). Keep in mind that this Persian form is a love poem, with 5-8 stanzas.
There are interesting challenges on this web site/ journal. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.