The Ghazal Project: Week Three & Four

The Ghazal Project: Week Three & Four The Ghazal Project, my ambitious write-one-ghazal-a-week project, was going quite well until the third week. I found out that one of my first poetry mentors, Rishma Dunlop, passed away, and I couldn’t bring myself to write a ghazal. I tried, but the words didn’t hold the weight that […]

The Ghazal Project: Week Two

  This week’s prompt was  “What does spring taste like”, and wow, did I get some delicious responses! From ‘black coffee’ to ‘ ice melting into a mountain stream’, the poetic possibilities were endless. And yet, I had to pick only one.   Lemon, mint and ginger.  Healing that stings and soothes. It reminds me of […]

The Ghazal Project: Week One

  Well, this was a challenging one folks, seeing as how it’s been snowing on and off this week, and my ghazal  prompts are all about….spring. My first prompt was a question, “If spring had a colour, it would be…” (Feel free to use this prompt for a writing exercise/journal prompt) I had some unique, […]

I’ve been waiting for you…

Breaking Bread Sheniz Janmohamed I’ve been waiting for you. Sit with me a while, dust off the dirt from your shoulders. Unburden yourself from the weight of your worries. Place the compass of your heart on the table. You won’t need to know which direction it points to. You have arrived. Come, sit. Break bread […]

AGA KHAN MUSEUM: Sheniz Janmohamed & Guests

  The Aga Khan Museum has commissioned me to curate three spoken word events featuring incredible poetic talent and brilliant musicians.  I will be the consistent feature for all 3 shows, and will be sharing the stage with 3 guest poets/storytellers.  Witness the magic that happens when poets are accompanied by world class musicians. Open Mic: […]

The Poetry of Nature

It’s funny how mosquitos, a cobwebbed cabin ceiling, heavy rain and soaked shoes can remind me of what I really love to do. Working with youth in nature was an incredibly grounding experience for me. Observing, listening, collecting and documenting. These are things we take for granted. When we’re surrounded by tall, leafy trees, it’s […]