… they’re all contributors of ‘crown stanzas’ to the forthcoming collection of Glosa poetry, Dead to Rights, by Canadian poet, Alain C. Dexter.
Take a look at the back cover for some more contributors…
Some of these names were unexpected, and some unknown to me. Here’s one example, a 13th-century poet making something comeback: Rumi.
Rumi (1207-1273) is enjoying a huge surge in popularity on Facebook and other social media sites, perhaps because of his quotability. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī, Mevlānā in Turkish, was a Persian mystic and poet who lived in Konya, Anatolia. An Islamic teacher and jurist, his life was transformed when he met Shams e-Tabrizi, a dervish who’d been awaiting his disciple all his life. Known for spontaneous public outpourings of ghazals, Persian verse, Rumi spent twelve years street-rapping six volumes of his master work, the Masnavi: his major theme, union with the Beloved, from whom we have cut ourselves off and yearn to return. His shrine in Konya is one of Turkey’s most popular pilgrimage and tourist sites.