Ramadan Sonnets / Poems

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Lulu.com, Oct 1, 2005 - Poetry - 162 pages
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RAMADAN SONNETS, not always a spiritual meditation, nor often even what should be felt and achieved in the fast (the poems are striving for some reality of feeling and experience), these poems are an imaginatively inspired record of the month, its small epiphanies and grim endurances, heading out from its physical constraints to contemplate a vast panorama, or focusing in on particulars, those embryos of explosive meaning, to evoke the blessed month of Ramadan's intertwining flavors of asceticism and sensual gratitude, its palatable and palpable Light.
 

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Contents

Authorislntroduction
15
When the Sun Goes Down
22
Delight My Diet
29
Zakat ofthe Body
35
The Whole Earth
43
Even Asleep the Word is Audible
49
HalfDays Delight
56
New Fawn
62
Raspberryjuleps
103
His Generous Pleasure
104
Single Petal
106
Love
107
At CliffHeight
112
Totally Exhausted
114
Their Cool Embrace
116
After Afternoon Nap
121

We Stand on Earth
69
A Song Goes Out Above theJunk
77
Taste Buds
78
Things in Casseroles
80
Vocalization
81
Breaking the Fast
83
The Days Scatter
84
Mirror
88
Madame Tussauds and the Subterfuges ofthe Self
89
Town
92
Apprehension
94
The Human Tribe
95
The Cry Goes Out
98
Ifthe Ocean With its Whales
99
His Audible Silence
102
Gods Garden Gate
128
The Bath
129
The Body is a World
135
4 Hologrammic Universe
136
What Sweetness It Is
138
Theleweled Surfaces of Things
140
Color ofAir
145
Empty Chairs
146
A Strong Desire for Green
149
In Gods Territories
150
Feeling Sick
152
Ramadan is Over
153
New Moon
156
FINAL SONNET
159
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