East of Edith: Ghazals and Such

Tonight at East of Edith, mixed into the open mic, I’m going to share contemporary poems from Pakistan, partially as I’ll be fresh from a talk at Creative Albuquerque. Neal Copperman of AMP Concerts is giving a presentation called “From Albuquerque to Islamabad.” From the amp concert website:

In October 2010,  AMP Concerts’ Executive Director Neal Copperman learned about Center Stage, a State Department sponsored cultural exchange program designed to bring foreign artists to do short residencies in small and mid-sized cities around the US.  He sent in a proposal to have Albuquerque included in the project and received a surprise call inviting him to join the scouting mission to Pakistan. This project will culminate in a visit by one of the Pakistani groups in the latter half of 2012. [The talk is today 6/6/11 at 5:30 at Creative Albuquerque  – 115 4th Street N.W. (on the 4th St. mall, just south of Copper).]

When he came back from Pakistan, he brought me a book edited by Iftikhar Arif called Modern Poetry of Pakistan. I’ve been enjoying. So I’ll kick off the open mic probably with a ghazal, and then mix in some snippets between poets. The ghazal is a lovely form, long-lined couplets, like beads on a necklace, a form originating in 6th Century Arabic verse and still universally appealing today. Read more.

Anyhow, if you’ve got a new poem (any form) or two poems, or one of yours and a new favorite you just found in a book, come share at East of Edith open mic. Likely there will be goodies, and drinks, and we’re also going to be able to keep the swamp cooler on to keep things nice and comfortable. We start at 7:00 (or shortly thereafter) and the venue is through the open garage doors at the Projects, 3614 High Street, just north of Candelaria and East of Edith. I’ll also have some announcements: including forthcoming tix giveaway for Urban Verbs, and this Thursday’s Triptych, and also upcoming P(EAR) and a nonviolence writing workshop… Things are moving along.

Hope to see you.