- Tree Riesener’s full-length ekphrastic poetry collection, EK, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. She is the author of three chapbooks: Liminalog (ghazals and sijo), Angel Poison and Inscapes (poems of interior landscape). Her work often appears in literary magazines, including Wigleaf, Flashquake, Anemone Sideccar, Recursive Angel, Blood Lotus,The Evergreen Review, Ginosko, the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Loch Raven Review, Pindeldyboz, Identity Theory, The Belletrist Review, and The Source She has won the William Van Wert Fiction Award, the Semi-Finals of the Pablo Neruda Competition, the Writing Aloud Series of InterAct Theatre, a Hawthornden Fellowship, the Best of Wigleaf 2009 and three first prizes for the Short-Short Story and the Literary Short Story at the Philadelphia Writers Conference. She has been a finalist for Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Prize, a finalist in PANK magazine's Fiction Chapbook Contest, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Web.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Format of a Ghazal
Ghazals are traditionally written in shers, or couplets. I sometimes vary how I place the lines on a page. My ghazals typically have very long lines, so in Liminalog, I have broken each line so that the poems are written in quatrains. This example, "The Cup," from the book, has fit itself into the space available here on Blogger, coming out almost as blocks of prose. Keep in mind that ghazals were originally set to music and form becomes a very manipulable decision.