LATE BREAKING NEWS: A Celebration of the Whitmanian in Israel, December 11

Walt Whitman (1817-1892)

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering… these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.”  Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Monday, December 11, 8 pm – 1 pm UTC+2,
Therefore For Thee
hosted by Jerusalism, Fostering Local Literary Community
at the Barbur Gallery, 6 Shirzil Street, Jerusalem, Israel

“Walt Whitman is considered the father of American Poetry. Jerusalism invites all lovers of literature to an evening celebrating his work. Hosted at the illustrious Barbur Gallery, deep in the heart of Nachlaot, the evening will feature local Israeli poets, reading Whitman’s poems alongside their own original poems written in the Whitmanian tradition.”



Gone the Winter Gods for Those of Spring, a poem

The gods of winter arrive windy, whooshing
and cackling to chastise autumn’s ripe reds,
casting cold nights darker than indigo, spinning
a whorl of days, steel-blue and hoary
. . . . . . Like life sometimes
Rest is welcome after the frenzy of canning,
freezing fruit for deep-dish pies and the days
pass like the color of joy with shocks of silver
……….Not unlike my hair
One blink, gone the winter gods for those of spring
and my sixty-nineth year
…………I’ll be here

© 2017, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved