My history of the ghazal form, “Ghazal Culture: Exalted Nomads and Love’s Elusive Gate,” has been published on The Chained Muse! The history is quite surprising, how a form that developed out of a desert Arab tradition flowered in Bollywood, influenced such diverse cultures as Persia, Afghanistan, and Western Europe, and has been written in myriad languages, even instrumental in the development of a modern, commonly used language. Please check it out!
The new issue of Right Hand Pointing, the place to go for unique short poetry online, is up with a new poem of mine, “New Hampshire.” It was written for their submissions call for poems whose title is the name of a U.S. state, but although that issue was filled up, it was still published in the following, now current, issue.
The poem is in what I sometimes call my “strangled alphabet” form, in which only the letters in the title can be used in the poem, no letter used in a single word more times than it is used in the title. This is a variation on a lipogram, made more difficult with the frequency limitation.
Despite these limitations, the form sometimes forces me to come up with more imaginative wordplay. This poem was much fun to write! Hope you’ll stop by and read it.