Correspondent Report on Israel
A REMINDER: the 23rd annual Reuben Rose Poetry
Competition is continuing to accept submissions.
Judges: Kenneth Salzmann of USA, poet, reporter,
editor, co-author of award winning CHILD OF MY
CHILD grandparenting Anthology, Yakov Azriel,
last year’s first prize winner and Dina Yehuda,
last year’s third prize winner.
First prize - $500, second prize - $150, third
prize - $50. Ten honorable mentions.
Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be
published in the Voices Israel 2013 Poetry
The competition is general and not necessarily
on Jewish or Israeli subjects.
Challenging, humorous and/or curious poetry is
Poems must be unpublished, no more than 40
lines, including stanza breaks but should not
Poems are judged anonymously
Submission period: Competition poems must be
received during the period June 1st. 2012 -
September 30th. 2012.
Cost: Voices Israel members: US$5.00 for one
poem, $10 for 3 poems, $15 for 6 poems. Non
members: US$6.00 for one poem, $12 for 3 poems,
$18 for 6 poems.
Submission by email only
Payment by PayPal or check
Full guidelines and submission details at
Last month I mentioned a workshop named Poetry By the Sea.
This took place at the Blue Bay Hotel in Netanya from the
afternoon of 31 May until noon the 1st of March. An amazing
collection of poems was created. On Thursday we heard the
audio presentation of Esther Cameron which stimulated us to
focus on our most special poems and to write more. Each poet
received bound folders prepared by Johnmichael containing
Esther Cameron`s presentation (Esther was the judge of the
2011 Reuben Rose competition) and our pre-selected poems to
use as inspiration for our writing exercises. On Friday
morning, with the help of a printed hand-out, Prof. William
Kolbrener took us on a journey through Milton`s Paradise
Lost from the viewpoint of religion, love and loss. Again,
the positive energy in the room inspired us all to write
impressive poems with comments and feedback from Prof.
Kolbrener. Some of the poems will be posted on the Voices
website and Johnmichael has prepared a chapbook which will
be available very soon. – This report prepared by Wendy
Blumfield, Voices President.
Voices Israel is expanding. On the 25th of June a new group
started in Netanya. On the 28th, a new group in London, UK.
If any of Sketchbook’s readers is interested
in attending the London group’s monthly meetings, please
It is with great sadness that I now inform you of the
untimely death of our dear friend and Voices member, Andrea
Moriah (Andi), a contributor to the anthology, a prizewinner
of many competitions including our annual Reuben Rose
competition and a member of the most current Voices
editorial board. She had been battling a serious illness for
a long time. She always had a smile and beautiful poems and
words that made you feel special. We shall miss her
terribly. Despite the condition of her health, she attended
the Netanya workshop; 2 ½ weeks later she died. This is the
poem she read at the workshop, explaining that she had had a
skin no longer stretches
elastic over my bones.
I chalk it up to weird science
and pharmaceuticals, mutated
genes and the garbling of
cell communication - but isn't everything?
It constricts me, holding organs,
muscles, veins, tightly
in its roughened wrap.
I am encased in peeling, flaking,
mummy skeins – I peek through slits
in the wrapping, but you cannot see me.
I am a flaky Peeping Tom. I feel less
heat than you and less wind and less
cold – there is a barrier between
the physical me and the physical world.
I am post-modern, space age, plasticized.
My fingernails are gone.
My fingerprints have been erased.
My facial features have changed.
I am identifiable only by my DNA,
dental records and sense of humor.
Conversely, my intellect and soul feel
Grabbing everything in a greedy childlike grasp.
Know everything, sound, taste, smell, God,
I get a glimpse into Stephen Hawking.
He is a giant intellect. What choice does he
What choice do I have?
Sequestered here with my soul.
I could peel off all my skin and scabs like an
until there is nothing left but pulp.
Moriah (Andi) sketch by Helen Bar-Lev
Read Helen Bar-Lev's
Contributing Editor Interview with Interview with Yosef
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