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This week's portion: gut feeling

Postcard from Jerusalem at BAP blog

The editors at the Best American Poetry blog kindly invited me to guest-blog there again, and to share some news of and from Jerusalem. My first missive is online there now. Here's how it begins:


Greetings from Jerusalem
where centuries pile up
like spices. Heschel said
this place is a text

waiting for embellishment
but I'm not sure anyone agrees
what the words mean
or how to sing them...

I struggled with the last two lines of the last stanza, and I'm still not sure they're exactly right, but on the whole I like the poem, and I think it offers a window into this moment in this place.

Read the whole thing here: Postcard #1 from Jerusalem.

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