Last year end of May, Sadiq Alam
and Tiel Aisha Ansari
jointly hosted the 1st Edition of Online Sufi Poetry Carnival
. The idea of a Blog Carnival is a collection of blog posts/ site links on a specific subject/ theme.
We are happy to announce that the 2nd Online Sufi Poetry Carnival will be jointly hosted at Inspirations and Creative Thoughts
, Courts of Lions
and Abdur Rahman's Corner
sites on August 7th, 2008.
The past round's theme was "Celebrating Divine Love" and this time around it is "Knocking from Inside
Dervishes are people who live at the threshold of this world and the
next, between the visible world and the unseen realm. The truest and
deepest expressions of sufi poetry arrive from lived experiences within
and it's the ecstasy of soul that knocks from inside on the door of our
external world. Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore
once expressed: "the province of poetry is a private ecstasy made public."
Online Sufi Poetry Carnival is an open invitation to express the
pristine state of bewilderment, it is an invitation to make your
private ecstasy public. You are welcomed and encouraged to participate
with poetry of your own.
The theme being said, you don't have to
be a traditional or initiated sufi to participate. In the realm of
spirituality, the state of bewilderment is a natural state of all poets
of all ages. It has no boundaries or specific traditions. The only
courage needed is the courage to make the private divine ecstasy public
Once that's done, jump into the Caravan and our destination shall be
the Tavern of Bewilderment. There Inshallah, we shall rejoice and
celebrate each other's 'knocking' from 'inside'.
Also in this
edition we are inspired and shall celebrate the publication of Tiel
Aisha Ansari's recently published beautiful book titled, "Knocking from Inside
Please submit your poetry by July 25th. The Carnival will be up on August 7th, God willing.
If you do have a blog or website, you can submit a direct link of your poem at Sufi Poetry Carnival. [visit Blog Carnival submission page
, scroll down to fill up the form]. or directly send the link to our email.
In case you don't have a blog or website but would like to be included, you can email your submission to this email address (mysticsaint@...
) with a subject line, "Sufi Poetry Carnival"