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Discourse on the crippled God

by Tony Barnstone

October 30, 2013 | 12:51 pm

A man swings through the open doors on crutches,
his long arms thick with muscle like the Christ
whose marble shoulders shouldering the cross
are sculpted mighty as Odysseus’s.
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  • Poem: In the same key (Chayyei Sarah)

    by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

    October 23, 2013 | 11:32 am

    They come together to bury their father
    in the cave where Sarah’s body lies.

    (No one imagines the vaulted church
    -turned-mosque with painted ceilings

    or the synagogue, or metal detectors
    to keep armed men from getting through.)

    Isaac and Ishmael wash him with water
    and...

  • Poem: Alphabets

    by Carol V. Davis

    October 16, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    I have always believed in the alchemy of letters 
                                      but never in their permanence.
           
    Just look how the aleph was stripped of its
    rightly earned place to begin the Torah
                                      how the bet is sheltered —
    but only...

  • Poem: Mold

    by Matthue Roth

    October 3, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    When Noah prayed
    You sent him a flood
    and charged him with the safety
    of all animal life.

    What I got was rain.
    I forgot to wash my shirt
    so it grew mold.

    In every generation
    the holy men we have
    stand on different levels.
    We all get the hero
    we deserve.

    On behalf of mold
    — and on behalf of my wife,
    who loves when I do laundry —
    I will try
    to be worthy.

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  • Untitled

    by Joy Ladin

    September 24, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    Yes, it’s true, I’ve lost
    The world you gave me,
    The blue and luminous world,
    Round as a marble,
    In which, if I squinted,
    I could always see you
    Shimmering in slow oxbows,
    Mirroring the river’s
    Mallard iridescence, sketching your face
    In castellated clouds
    And sidewalk...

  • Gospel of the Golem of Los Angeles

    by Tony Barnstone

    September 18, 2013 | 11:57 am

    The students glisten with youth. Every one of them is beautiful.

    The world has yet to enter them and breathe away their souls.

    I want to be like the children, but I am dirt and clay.

    I woke one day and told myself, Stand up and walk like a man!

    I raised my dust up out of...

  • Cracking the Sky

    by Carol V. Davis

    September 11, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    It’s time to talk about grief
    as if the mere mention could
    crack the sky leaving the stars
    to break through shattering
    afternoon’s complacency.
    As if at a preordained hour
    all the lovers of the world
    will stand still, like the minute
    of remembrance for the dead,
    then turn...

  • Letter to the Lord

    by Joy Ladin

    September 3, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    Lord quite innocent of what it is to live
    bound in paper, bound in steel,
    bound in the incredible ignorance supplied
    by irony and suffering — how are You?
    I regret that I am unable to see You, wrapped as I am in time,
    soiled and sickened by personal situations,
    unable to find...

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