Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English

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Agha Shahid Ali
Wesleyan University Press, Nov 3, 2000 - Poetry - 195 pages
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In recent years, the ghazal (pronounced "ghuzzle"), a traditional Arabic form of poetry, has become popular among contemporary English language poets. But like the haiku before it, the ghazal has been widely misunderstood and thus most English ghazals have been far from the mark in both letter and spirit. This anthology brings together ghazals by a rich gathering of 107 poets including Diane Ackerman, John Hollander, W. S. Merwin, William Matthews, Paul Muldoon, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and many others. As this dazzling collection shows, the intricate and self-reflexive ghazal brings the writer a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Agha Shahid Ali's lively introduction gives a brief history of the ghazal and instructions on how to compose one in English. An elegant afterword by Sarah Suleri Goodyear elucidates the larger issues of cultural translation and authenticity inherent in writing in a "borrowed" form.
  

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Review: Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English

User Review  - sarah louise - Goodreads

although I agree with Ali's introductory claims that American & English-language poets have "gotten it wrong", I disagree with his avenue toward getting it right——we should absolutely be more aware ... Read full review

Review: Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English

User Review  - Kitty - Goodreads

An excellent guide to Ghazals, and way to understand the difficulty of capturing this form in English. It is not "just" couplets with a repeated ending, a mid-line rhyme -- a necklace of disparate ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Diane Ackerman
17
John Canaday
31
Martha Collins
44
Richard Kenney
90
Dominic Le Fave
97
Barbara Little
103
Glyn Maxwell
111
PaulMuldoon
117
Peggy OBrien
123
Peg Peoples
129
John Richard Reed
136
Sagaree Sengupta
143
Afterwords
179
Notes on Contributors
185
Copyright

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AGHA SHAHID ALI is on the poetry faculty of the University of Utah and Warren Wilson College. His seven collections of poetry include The Country Without a Post Office (1997), A Nostalgist's Map of America (1992), and The Half-Inch Himalayas (Wesleyan, 1987). He is also the translator of The Rebel's Silhouette: Selected Poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1995).

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