I am sitting here at my desk on a very cold, snowy night,
this last day of February with Beethoven’s Spring Sonata
playing on our classical music station, The Voice of Music.
Snow is unusual here in Israel though we can have a day or
two a year; we have not had any snow in the past three
Voices Israel has been so active lately I don’t know where
to begin. A workshop was held in Haifa on 19 January at the
home of Wendy and David Blumfield. It was stimulating,
creative and the homemade food everyone brought, delicious.
take you to the workshop with photos and some of the poems
written there. My favourite was Hiawatha and The New World
Symphony presented by Wendy Blumfield (our president, but
you know that by now, right?) who played the New World
Symphony as we wrote poems in trochaic tetrameter based on
the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of
Hiawatha. It was great fun.
On 17th March some Voices members from the north will be
reading their poems in Carmiel.
On 22nd March the AGM will take place in Tel-Aviv, followed
by the presentation of the Reuben Rose Prizes.
Another workshop is planned in May in the Jerusalem area,
and on it goes. In the meantime we are gaining more members
all the time, and this is very rewarding.
19 February, in NYC, Stanley Barkan (see interview) of
Cross-Cultural Communications and a Voices member, held a
launch for the 2011 Voices Israel Anthology –
it was a grand event with entertainment, refreshments, an
art exhibition and good feelings. About 40 people attended.
We’ll have photos shortly which will be posted on the Voices
Be well all,
by the thunder
by the night in starry splendour
by the glow of winter’s rainbow
the fragrance of a flower
the power of a poem
the warmth of a comforter
a hand on my shoulder
the comfort of your presence
the smile of a grandchild
I bow my head
in the wonder of surrender
Bar-Lev: Contributing Editor:
Interview with Stanley H. Barkan
Helen Bar-Lev, artist, poet
Cyclamens and Swords Publishing
Voices Israel Group of Poets in English
Contributing editor and global correspondent,
SKETCHBOOK, A Journal for Eastern and Western Short
International Senior Poet Laureate, 2009
Amy Kitchener Foundation