The ghazal is such an extraordinary poetic form; and in English we can hardly reach the heights to which masters like Rumi and Hafiz took it. But that is no reason not to try. Many of the present poems were written in the darkness of the night or in pre-dawn light when everything is still. The great ghazals of the past seem to be born out of this stillness. When we listen to this silence, we can just about make out the angelic voices that spoke or sung to Hafiz and Rumi. This is the time-out-of-time when the soul speaks to the spirit and the spirit bends to hear it.
(from the Author's Note)

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