NaPoWriMo Day Thirteen

And now for our (optional) prompt. Today’s is an oldie-but-a-goody: the ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry, but has become increasingly used in English, after being popularized by poets including Agha Shahid Ali.

Since I wrote a very traditional ghazal for Day 8’s use of repetition prompt, I am doing a more free version of it today. It’s not that different from the pseudo-ghazals Adrienne Rich wrote. Mine still uses the structure of “couplets, each of which is its own complete statement.” Further, the ghazal should “emphasize a disconnectedness between couplets, juxtaposing apparently unrelated observations, placing insights or images side by side without explaining their connection. These gaps can be a great source of power and mystery.”

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