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Ravishing disunities : real ghazals in English
Agha, Shahid Ali, 1949-2001.
Publication Information:
[Middleton, Conn.] : Wesleyan University Press ; Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, [2000]

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x, 195 pages ; 24 cm.
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PS593.G44 R38 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A collection of ghazals, a traditional Arabic form of poetry, by over one hundred poets including William Matthews, Diane Ackerman, and Paul Muldoon.

Author Notes

Agha Shahid Ali is on the poetry faculty of the University of Utah and Warren Wilson College

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Booklist Review

Why have so many contemporary poets who write free verse in English become so enamored of the ghazal, a difficult Arabic form? In the introduction to this wonderfully stimulating collection of recent ghazals by 107 poets, editor and poet Ali discusses the tradition's long legacy, which harkens back at least to the seventh century, and its unique stipulations. The name refers to "the cry of the gazelle when it is cornered in the hunt and knows it will die," a clue to its classic melancholia. The form consists of a series of discrete couplets in which the second line offers a surprising spin on the first. One rhyme scheme runs throughout the poem, and the rhyme must precede the refrain. This leads to an "epigrammatic terseness" that does not belie great depth of longing or, in the hands of modern poets, nimble wit and tempered joy. The ghazal truly is an enchanting form, and each poet, including Diane Ackerman, W. S. Merwin, William Matthews, John Hollander, and Jacqueline Osherow, fills it with sharply etched feelings and images. --Donna Seaman

Table of Contents

Sara Suleri Goodyear
Introductionp. 1
The Ghazals
Diane Ackermanp. 17
Sondra Audin Armerp. 18
Craig Arnoldp. 19
Diane Averillp. 20
John Balabanp. 21
Carol Jane Bangsp. 22
Molly Bendallp. 23
Lorna Knowles Blakep. 24
Robert Boswellp. 26
Karen Brennanp. 27
Sharon Bryanp. 28
Denver Butsonp. 29
John Canadayp. 31
Robert N. Casperp. 32
G. S. Sharat Chandrap. 33
Richard Chessp. 36
Marcyn Del Clementsp. 38
Katharine Colesp. 40
Michael Collierp. 42
Martha Collinsp. 44
Steven Cordovap. 45
Katherine Cottlep. 46
Rachel Dacusp. 47
Keki N. Daruwallap. 48
Sharon Dolinp. 50
John Druryp. 51
Faiz Ahmed Faizp. 58
Annie Finchp. 59
Forrest Ganderp. 60
Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalibp. 62
Reginald Gibbonsp. 63
Justin Goldbergp. 64
Sara Suleri Goodyearp. 65
John Gribblep. 66
John Haagp. 67
Marilyn Hackerp. 68
Daniel Halesp. 69
Daniel Hallp. 70
Robert Hastingsp. 71
Christian Hawkeyp. 72
James Heflinp. 73
Cynthia Hoguep. 74
John Hollanderp. 76
Colette Inezp. 78
David Raphael Israelp. 79
James Jackp. 81
Shelli Jankowski-Smithp. 82
Paul Jenkinsp. 84
Aaron Van Jordanp. 86
Bhagwan Kapoorp. 87
Rafiq Kathwarip. 89
Richard Kenneyp. 90
Nancy Kingp. 92
Phyllis Koestenbaump. 93
Maxine Kuminp. 94
Anthony Lacavarop. 95
Dominic Le Favep. 97
Kelly Le Favep. 99
Gabrielle LeMayp. 101
Stuart Lishanp. 102
Barbara Littlep. 103
William Matthewsp. 104
Glyn Maxwellp. 111
J. D. McClatchyp. 112
Heather McHughp. 113
W. S. Merwinp. 114
Padmini Mongiap. 116
Paul Muldoonp. 117
Isabel Nathanielp. 121
Mil Norman-Rischp. 122
Peggy O'Brienp. 123
James O'Keefep. 125
Jacqueline Osherowp. 126
Elise Paschenp. 127
Peg Peoplesp. 129
Teresa M. Pfeiferp. 130
Stanley Plumlyp. 132
Mary Pryorp. 134
John Richard Reedp. 136
Mary Jo Salterp. 140
Grace Schulmanp. 141
Sagaree Senguptap. 143
Greg Simonp. 144
Maurya Simonp. 145
David R. Slavittp. 146
Ron Smithp. 147
Carole Stonep. 150
Elisabeth Stonerp. 151
Adrienne Sup. 152
Dorothea Tanningp. 153
Judith Taylorp. 154
Jennifer Tongep. 155
Roderick Townleyp. 156
Wyatt Townleyp. 157
Ann Townsendp. 158
Ellen Bryant Voigtp. 159
Bryan Walpertp. 160
Rosanna Warrenp. 161
Robert William Watkinsp. 162
Ellen Dore Watsonp. 164
Paul Westp. 166
Rachel Wetzsteonp. 167
John Edgar Widemanp. 168
Bruce Williamsp. 170
Eleanor Wilnerp. 172
Stephen Yenserp. 173
David Youngp. 174
Harriet Zinnesp. 175
Martha Zweigp. 176
Ideas of Order in an Afterwordp. 179
Basic Points about the Ghazalp. 183
Notes on Contributorsp. 185