In Tzfat this Evening The Klezmer festival music plays on and the fireworks blast into the sky exactly on time at ten, brilliant and loud. But the ceasefire broke apart before then, hours before—and Code Red sirens blasted in the South, in Tel Aviv, in Jerusalem, shortly after […]
Solstice i Darkness cool and short relieves the solstice heat while the earth stealthily slips around toward winter. ii Dogs darken barks at sight of shadows & eclipses but dance high, with wild glee when they see glinting waves. iii Tree bark peels away only to display colors […]
Last December, the Israel Association of Writers in English (IAWE) held a streamed reading by seven member-writers (and an eighth by proxy) from the living room of poet and chair of the association, Karen Alkalay-Gut. Videos from that event have recently been posted here on YouTube. The texts appear […]
Up against the wall, …sits odd statuary, sullen sadness created by hand from nothing more or less than general failures that anyone might turn away from on some given day: A house taken by bankers who would not settle for anything less from two buyers, work taken by […]
Photo montage / digital art / with poem Note: Updated 31 March 2021 with NFT-auction links for the main images—time for auction ending is approximate and for US East Coast time zone. Tel Meggido, an ancient ruin where Armageddon begins—under the depths of lime an old crayfish and […]
This post will be a short break from the Flash Fiction Month posts I’ve been doing so far this month. Every so often, I post Twitter poems (which, of course, have to be short—fewer than 140 characters including any hashtags). Usually, when I do post them, I post […]
Reading I will have the honor of participating in a reading in Tel Aviv with Lois Michal Unger and Karen Alkalay-Gut on 7 July 2013 at 7 pm. The reading is sponsored by the Israel Association of Writers in English (IAWE) to honor books published in the last […]
Two poems from Midwest / Mid-East Enjoy. These are two poems, pp.23-24, from my book, Midwest / Mid-East. The image in the background is the book cover, of course. The books is currently on sale for 60% off. Click on one of the images to find out more. […]
I recently did some poetry workshops at The Jerusalem School of Beit Hanina, in East Jerusalem. The school’s motto is “Peace begins with me,” and my workshops coincided with Peace Days at the school. For that occasion, I wrote this poem, which I’m posting now on the last […]
For April, two poems published four years ago in a small anthology. Are poems like omelets? What is inspiration? A r s p o e t i c a Water drops in hot oil disappear instantaneously like meaning in conversation between two who do not speak. Steam […]
Do we need to worry about a decline in book sales? I don’t think so. Three reasons why the fear of a decline in sales of books may be misplaced anxiety. The environment is changing, but evidence suggests that more people read now than ever—and this means poetry books, too.
Check out Issue Seven of Decades Review, where you’ll find a poem of mine, Dirty Laundry, and two photos: Damsel Fly and Hands in Water. Please read the poems, look at the photos, like this post, share with others. Thank you. And thank you to Josh Hess, editor […]
Photo: Molotov Man and an exploding ecstasy
of contextual influence and perhaps today a photo
framing my page will savor your search and,
downloaded to your ambitious hard drive, live a new,
ecstatic life of influence. But I doubt it. My photo: perhaps
you will appropriate my photo…
Israel Kamakawiwoole sings from the speakers here in Jerusalem, his Hawai’ian poetry, love poems, free love poems to my ears, weaving through Israel.
This is my poet’s poem to optimize your search engine, my love poem to draw you into my web of intrigue, my friendship poem to invite you to read my MySpace my Wordpress my Facebook poem.
Weather, publication, travel Weather: Wind, Rain and Snow January entered stormily into Jerusalem, quite literally. By the end of the first week, several days of rain culminated in a windstorm with 100 km/h (56 mph) winds that took down several trees overnight on the 6th-7th. Our parking lot […]
A few fleeting thoughts on ephemerality, technologies, and poetry Sometimes poets obtain a sort of immortality. Anonymous has written so many poems over the centuries, for instance. Okay, that’s not the best of examples. However, you probably know what I mean. How long ago did Sappho live? Shakespeare? […]
Originally: 18 September, 2005, response to a 16 September, 2005, post by Gary Lundy on Tribe. Poet, Professor, and Gay Activist Louie Crew posted on his Facebook status that Robert Duncan was born today (7 January) in 1919 (see Louie Crew’s post and its links to more information […]