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Thank you to the beautiful young women of Qatar University

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on March 30, 2013 in General Blabbity Blab |

poetry at Qatar University a sea of black novitiates clustered under the veil we are cloistered together in this room of metal and glass late afternoon sun alight on open faces *  *  * they have come for the poetry with half-formed half-conscious longing they listen they write strain for nuance and insight into what […]

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Day Three and Four – Qatar University and American School of Doha

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on March 28, 2013 in General Blabbity Blab |

I was so honoured to present to the young women of Qatar University.  To see so many young people devoted to poetry made me so very hopeful for the discipline.  How wonderful to think that words matter so much to so many.  I will never forget the experience.   Two hours simply flew by!  Thank you […]

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Day Two – Qatar Academy

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on March 25, 2013 in General Blabbity Blab |

I met some wonderful young writers today and yesterday at Qatar Academy!  Thanks to all who shared their writing and who gave the activities a try.  I enjoyed your stories and poems.  A big shout out to Mike Bowe for making me feel so welcome and for the much appreciated coffees!  Qatar Academy writers – […]

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Day One in Doha, Qatar

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on March 24, 2013 in General Blabbity Blab |

The call to prayer wakes me.  I love the call to prayer in its haunting beauty.  My Western ears no longer let me sleep through the 4:20 am muezzin’s chant as they once did when I lived in Istanbul.  Now the birds are singing, and they are telling me, “Sleep no more.”  It’s quite a […]

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When That I Was… a tour de force!

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on March 18, 2013 in General Blabbity Blab |

Christopher Hunt in When That I Was is simply superb!   From moment to moment, he changes as though quicksilver:  from aged Jack Rice to the same as mere boy; from young wanton to Elizabeth I; and delightfully to Shakespeare, his various characters and those who played them, the bard’s lovers and wife.  The transitions are […]

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