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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.

Ohhhh I love Ghazals!

Blog Posted:11/12/2013 4:43:00 PM
High everyone I wanted to congratulate you on how well you rose to the challenge of learning the Ghazal! I do hope you will join me now in writing some Contemporary GHAZALS [which by the way are much easier!!] now that you [I hope] have caught the BUG! LOL Here's the definition!

The contemporary Ghazal doesn't need to RHYME! [It can though!] The two most important features are

[many of you in the contest had lines typically too short for a ghazal  but it was more important to use the repeated phrase & monorhyme]
        They are just using the word couplet to mean the THOUGHT is laid on the page in 2 line grouping!]


Slipping Away

Eric Folsom

Whatever lies frozen in the ice, a mitten or a Buick,
suspended as though floating upside down in the sky.

The fiddle music was over, so the priest went home
and saw the ghost of his father sitting on the bed.

Late in the season when the ice gets soft,
some drunk tries to cross at night and disappears.

Most people worry about saying the wrong thing,
think too long about the darkness beneath their feet.

Wheels lock automatically
when passenger doors are open.

She gave her daughter the red sweater and a key
to the safety deposit box down at the bank.

Something that shouldn't have been there;
a car in the same spot for days, gathering tickets.

Okies this guy even broke the LONG line rule! Ah Contemporary lack of respect for any rules!!! HAAAAAAha! See how he is giving you an INTHE MOMENT EXPERIENCE SIMILIAR TO A HAIKU?? yes! but THE ghazal ENCOURAGES SUBJECTIVITY [your imagination, fantasy, fancy!] See how he's BOBBING & WEAVING back & forth between reality & IMAGINATION!

How cool is that!!!

Here's a fun exercise with will give you a great poem!

Try writing what's going on outside of your body RIGHT NOW in 1 couplet then in the next What's going on in your HEAD!

Ghazal #1

by Gene Doty

The belt of joined metal plates clanks
when I take her hips and pull her close.

I make my mouth the size of her nipple;
the Country's flag pops in the wind.

An alphabet of touches
--press the letter O to your lips.

I hear her voice upstairs,
her radio left on all day long.

Sharp consonants of the doorknocker,
the dog woofs in counterpoint.

The body too will cease to be,
become minor fragments, ashes and gas.


Whatcha THINK?? Huh? Huh?

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 4:52:00 PM
    Thanks little one! How the baby doing? I guess no one likes the new ghazal but me?

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 3:24:00 PM
    Ow im sorry you are hacked sweetie.It can be a terrible nuisance..Hope you ll get it fixed ..hugs.

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 8:39:00 AM
    Glad your E problems are fixed. I'm glad you love them, I just think that sometimes people can out-clever themselves like some abstract paintings that some try to see as deep when they just throw paint at the canvas. Just my opinion.

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 7:32:00 AM
    Sorry you don't like them Craig I LOVE them, I think I have the hack thing fixed cross your fingers - maybe because its hard to deal with the flip flop between objective & subjective for you?

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  1. Date: 11/12/2013 7:16:00 PM
    the ghazals? or me getting hacked LOL - just what are you referring to my dear?

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  1. Date: 11/12/2013 7:04:00 PM
    Sorry Deb--Just me, but I think these people need some kind of help or perhaps already are on too many drugs. Reminds me of over toked dudes with blacklites and Joplin.

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