The ghazal is an ancient Persian form of verse consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. The form is ancient, originating in 6th century Arabic verse and popularized by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi in the 13th century and Hafez in the 14th century. Ghazals continue to inspire and delight in the 21st century. In style and content, they have proven capable of an extraordinary variety of expression around central themes of love and separation.
Join us for an evening of poems inspired by the ghazal tradition featuring Governor-General’s Award winner Lorna Crozier , Trillium and Governor General’s Award nominee Rob Winger , Saskatchewan Book Award winner Sandra Ridley , and former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky , with music by the M E L M'RABET Quartet connecting the present and the past.