Tag: middle east

Coffee Bruise Thursday | The Rains of Babylon | Song

A song for the times—simple chords & words. The Rains of Babylon | Bruised Coffee Thursday | Meta/ Phor(e) /Play

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Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, a site we will see on the Writes and Rhapsodies Israel Poetry Writing Tour—travel, vacation, conference, writing conference, workshop and writing workshop, creativity, poem, poems.

W/rites and Rhapsodies

Adeena Karasick and Michael Dickel will host an exciting tour of Israel that will hit highlights but also delve into the unusual. Throughout, the tour will inspire, prompt, encourage you to write with workshops, performances, and lots of deep language play.

Water-color like image of a pink flower, green leaves, leafless tree trunks in grays in the background

Winter window—a poem with art

Winter window Outside the opportune window one pink head survives above geranium leaves blowing in the winter wind, covered with cold rain dropped from dimmed desire. The basil released its hope in the face of the war— forces of December and January— mere stalks rising above the window box, darkly silhouetted, […]

War Surrounds Us

“Michael Dickel’s new book is an explosive tour de force. From Breaking News to all that shivers beneath the surface, it takes us on a visceral ride as the rockets are falling through screaming surfaces, tunnels cease fires and death tolls; rocketing all night through missiles, mortars, sensors, sirens, […]

A Poem from Jerusalem

As the War Continues i That war in the little southwest strip, its violence drowns out all sounds— words drain of meaning and become white spaces against blood-red paper. The numbers rise up, a large pile of bodies reaching toward the sun to ignite and burn, a pyre […]

Up against the wall,

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 […]

Herod: The Man Who Had To Be King

A Book Review Herod: The Man Who Had To Be King gives life to the complexity and drama of the Middle East—two-thousand years ago—while at the same time providing historical and cultural insights into the continuing struggles of today. Yehuda Shulewitz provides dynamic characters who feel like real […]

Sidewalk ephemeral poem

Ephemeral poetry

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? […]

Digital art from photo, two men, Israel

Four poems on Sound Cloud

An Australian online radio station Phoenix FM DJ, James WF Roberts, read four of my poems 16 November 2012 (around 9:15 am Eastern US Time): Dissonance, Salvation, Peace requires…, and In Jerusalem. Interesting, emotional, Australian-accented reading that gives the poems a power I didn’t previously know they had. Listen […]