Moonlight The Sky Will Slide. Katherine L. Gordon and
Helen Bar-Lev. A poetic conversation between Katherine L.
Gordon, Canada and Helen Bar-Lev, Israel. Cyclamens and Swords
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What the authors
Say About this Book
I want to say why I enjoyed working on In Moonlight
The Sky Will Slide so much. It is because a Celt and a
Hebrew, two of the most ancient races out of Egypt, found each
other as destined and wrote between lands where literature as we
recognize it, had its most profound impact on world culture. It
is very exciting to be two poets capturing the human condition
far from each other geographically, but so close in spirit. Both
of us love history, see the alternate universes informing us,
speak to the hearts of people as they long to see. Helenís art
is the icing, it glistens all the pages and captures what we
feel at yet another level. What a beautiful legacy for her and
for me. The insights of artist and poet have bridged the
continents, drawn many a dream and aspiration into the arc of
human longing and endeavor. That we are all kindred, flames
here. Moon, earth, all the mysteries of our planet, speak to all
who listen. It is my hope that a commonality of blood and beauty
is consummated in this book.
Katherine and I first met face-to-face in Hamilton, Ontario,
Canada, in August of 2006 in a restaurant called The Forbidden
City, where Hamiltonís poets had gathered for a poetry reading.
Prior to that we had been having stimulating poetry exchanges
and intellectual discussions for a year or so.
In the course of our continued correspondence, our friendship
deepened and a kinship of spirits became apparent. And so, In
Moonlight The Sky Will Slide was born.
Compiling this book has been such a pleasure on many different
and unexpected levels. Given the bond between us, matching up
poems was not at all difficult. Doing the sketches, in which I
tried, not in all, but in most, to combine elements from each of
our poems, was challenging but also entertaining, though it may
be difficult for the reader to spot this. For example, the man
and dog walking in Israel with the Lebanese mountains in the
background, are about to approach a Canadian barn with silo. Or
the gothic portal in the midst of Israeli apple orchards. My
favourite is Leonardoís flying machine serving as a modern
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