Bleeding Light

Bleeding 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.”
Fusia Magazine

“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



Publication Date: September 2010

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-63-7
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
64 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-927494-14-1

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Sheniz Janmohamed (MFA) is an author, artist educator and spoken word artist and occasional land artist. She has performed nationally and internationally for over 10 years and has been featured at various venues including the Jaipur Literature Festival, [email protected], and the Aga Khan Museum. Sheniz currently serves as a Mentor-Artist for the Digital Media Arts Program at the Royal Conservatory, and was the 2015 recipient of the Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming Creative Teaching Scholarship.

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