Back in the spring of 2009 when I was actually writing the ghazals section of the book, The Spring Ghazals, I made recordings of a handful of the poems—this was requested by readers on Robert Frost’s Banjo, where the poems were being posted. I thought it would be a good thing to re-post these recordings on this site. At some point, I’ll take Jacqueline T Lynch’s suggestion & post a short “video reading.”
The poem “Ghazal 4/24” is the first poem in the sequence, & was also the first poem I composed in the “Spring Ghazals” section of the book—the poems in “Kitchen Poems” section & some of the poems in the “Cloudland” section were composed in 2008. The April 24th ghazal was in fact inspired by a vivid & somewhat disturbing dream the night before: the dreams that arise from grief are probably always unsettling. The title of the second poem, “it is night & it is serious,” comes from Kenneth Fearing’s poem, “Green.” “it is night & it is serious” is positioned in the last third of the 19 poem ghazal sequence. I should point out that the ghazals only make up one section of a four section book.
In other ghazal news, I’d recommend checking out Jessica Fox-Wilson’s ghazal, “Ghazal on Falling and Flight,” on her excellent everything feeds process blog. Ms Fox-Wilson handles the ghazal in a more traditional way with consistently rhymed refrains, & has crafted a fine poem within the form. I also very much appreciate her shout-out to The Spring Ghazals in her post!
Hope you enjoy the poems.
Pic shows the statue of Christ at Swannanoa. It was taken in the spring of ’87, on a day that recurs in the Ghazals.