Light is a collection of poems in ghazal form that
traces the steps of a woman’s journey through night. She
knows that in order to witness dawn, she has to travel
through dusk first. Throughout her journey, she is caught
between West and East, religion and heresy, love and
anti-love, darkness and the knowledge of light. Each couplet
is an independent thought and reflection, a pearl strung
into a necklace. Bleeding Light is fraught with
opposing, stark and often violent imagery heavily influenced
by Sufi philosophy.
"Sheniz Janmohamed is one of a very few new poets who has mastered the form of the ghazal in a way that brings together the emotional aspects of the form and the expectations of the listeners who know the form and its cultural unity: mystic illumination, rhyme, refrains that exude passion, and couplets with wise insights. The couplets in her eloquent and appealing ghazals dazzle one with their precision, sudden turns and brilliant use of the cultural memory of language and imagery."
—The late Dr. Kuldip Gill (Professor, Poet and Mentor)
“The contrasting imagery in Bleeding Light is vivid and powerful. Each word, line, couplet is clearly written with such precision and artistry, portraying dramatic visions of both the longing to be united as well as the pain of being separated from the Devine.”
“Janmohamed's ghazals seem to echo across both time and space”
— Awaaz Magazine
“Seldom have I read poetry that makes me feel like I’m traveling across a spiritually charged landscape, where I don’t know whether my feet are touching water or land. Or is it both?”
—Fez Meghani, Producer, Musician and Devotional Singer (Dallas, Texas)
“Bleeding Light is a beautiful compilation of contemporary Sufi poetry that combines creative imagination with artistic majesty. These ghazals of Sheniz Janmohamed bring to light an all too often forgotten classical poetic sensitivity of longing for the Divine and praising the arrival of the Beloved. It is my hope that these poems find wide readership for such beauty will enrich the lives of those who contemplate the visions within them.”
—Meena Sharify-Funk, author of Encountering the Transnational: Women, Islam and the Politics of Interpretation (as posted on MyBindi.com)
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-63-7
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paperback; 64 pages
Publication Date: September 2010
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