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AFTER THE PARK

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Poem of the Day with Brooklyn Poets.

101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium

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One little poem of mine made it into this anthology with the awe-some title "101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium." 1 out of 101, and alongside names like Janet Hirshfeld, Ed Hirsch, David Lehman, Ilya Kaminsky, Alicia Ostriker, Erika Dreifus, Yehoshua November, and Joanna Furhman. I don't have my author's copy yet, but have noticed beginning social media buzz so am jumping on the band-wagon. It will publish on January 1, 2021 with Ashland Poetry Press (and the world will probably just go on as before, but you might want to pre-order and have it ready)

ON THE FIFTH DAY

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Back to the beginning! A few weeks ago I wrote this poem inspired by the first chapter of Bereishit, and it's up on Ritualwell .

MY CURRENT PROMISED LAND

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This poem is in the current edition of the Jewish Journal.

LEAVING NEW YORK III

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One of my Leaving New York poems is on the Bridge today !

MAR READS THE I-CHING

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I went to the Catskills and came home with a poem.   MAR READS THE I-CHING   We close the book of the desert and Mar reads me the I-Ching, in her Berber tent near the California quarry, in the woods. The weak lines are a good sign, she says and smiles in her knowing way, soft and resilient. There is a glow from yellow candles on her face. Ritual tames excessive creativity, she says, and I begin to cry because I know she is right. There is truth in repetition. Then we drink champagne from Albuquerque and speak of cottonwoods, of the Hudson River and the Rio Grande, of leaving the desert, of looking back. Mar asks if I can hear the owl. Rivers don’t flow where I’m going, a gray canal bears the city’s name. But nearby are arroyos and bizarre rocks, chilly nights, coyotes. The promised land is a desert with almond trees.

SHA'AREI HESED

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I wrote a poem inspired by Yom Yerushalaim and the new moon: Sha'arei Hesed .