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The Muse in the Suitcase. Helen Bar-Lev and Johnmichael Simon. Cyclamens and Swords Publishing: Israel.  December 2009. $15 includes shipping.

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The Muse in the Suitcase, a book of poems written on our travels, Johnmichael Simon and myself, also illustrated with my black and white drawings, 105 pages. It is a companion book to Cyclamens and Swords and Other Poems about the Land of Israel (Ibbetson Press, 2007).


Don't expect a gentle tour, or map and menu monotone of travel in this exciting work. This is an engaging book of leaving home, with all the dimensions of close observation and adventures of psyche, into personal and planetary history and condition. There is a sense of travel in past and future,... appreciation of nature is redolent...this love of place, sense of keen acknowledgement of Holy Land roots, is the traveler's torch throughout the book.

~Katherine L. Gordon, Poet, Publisher, Editor, Literary Critic

If the sixties song "Moon River" filled you with wanderlust once upon your dreams, you'll love this enchanting book that shows we're never too old to set off to see the world. Unlike two young drifters of song, however, who survived on love and a pair of backpacks, this creative pair went fully loaded: pens, pencils, watercolours, brushes, notebooks, sketch pads, cameras. This magnificent book treats readers to tastes of Istanbul, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, Holland, South Africa and more.

~Wanda Sue Parrott, Co-founder, Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition

The Muse in The Suitcase is a collection of poems and illustrations of people, places and the ordinary. Bar-Lev and Simon take the reader on a kaleidoscope of world cultures in a perfect understanding of the human heart. The works of free verses cannot fail to touch the inner spirit.

The collection is filled with acute observations of taste and touch. Between the imaginary and the mundane is the wanderlust of travel. And even if one is unable to travel, just read The Muse in The Suitcase and you are there.

~Michal Mahgerefteh, Founder and Editor of Poetica Magazine

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