Poetica Publishing Company


                                           Poetica  Publishing  Company
                   Mizmor Poetry Anthology

2017-2018 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award

$10.00

Limited Number of Copies Left -

Check with the editors before placing an order.



Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award Collection 2017—2018


Award Chair

Michal Mahgerefteh

 

Committee Members

David King

Daniel Pravda


Award Judges

Yiskah Rosenfeld 2017

Rabbi. Israel Zoberman 2018


Cover Art:

Melita  Kraus 

“Shabbat of The Lonely Man”

Size: 30” x 40” cm

Medium: Aquarelle, Inc



Award-Winning Poets included:


Diana Anhalt

Sarah Antine

Helen Bar-Lev

Michelle Iris Bender

Rosalind Brenner

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

Debra Cash

Steven Caswell

Susan Cobin

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

Beth Dwoskin 

Amy Gottlieb

Yoni Hammer-Kossoy

Zachariah Hauptman

Sam Hersh

Miriam C. Jacobs

Adina Kopinsky

Shonna Levin

Laurence Levy-Atkinson

Jonathan Lewis

Nancy Lubarsky

Dan MacIsaac

Gloria g. Murray

Molly Raynor

Dana Robbins

Sarah Sassoon

Esther Schnur-Berlot




Introduction to the Collection

 

This creative and colorful collection of poetry shares a flourishing harvest of rich Jewish experience, spanning across time and continents, connecting readers with a rewarding historic saga of lights and shadows which continue to unfold, challenge, and spread common and uncommon threads. It includes traditional, venerable regard for one’s Yichus (pedigree), making or breaking a potential Shiduch (matchmaking), family bonding, though distant, with none other than the Vilna Gaon's impact a poet’s imagination.


The collection further evokes Jewish suffering and the Holocaust and before, and after, continues to resonate along with a miraculous survival of love. More recently are alarming echoes of the past in today’s America: a neo-Nazi march with familiar slogans and mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia; murdered Jews at Shabbat worship in the Tree of Life Pittsburgh synagogue; depressing visits to a lonely yet persisting synagogue in Havana, Cuba and a once teeming Jewish presence in Budapest, Hungary; and Jerusalem’s stones retain their magical hold along with a dress bought in the Old City and reverently passed from mother to daughter with some alteration.


There is also a surprising touch of irreverence of something happening while visiting a Jewish patient in a Catholic hospital, and a shocked Hasid by a woman in a revealing costume. We can resist the pessimism of lines like, “My gut spews bitter poetry,” and “Everything is broken/ I find no answers/ Blow in in the wind.” Yes, there may be a lot broken, but the beating strong, living and loving conscience of dedicated poets demonstrates the ancient power of healing expression.


Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman

2018 Award Judge


Item Added.
Adding Item.