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To These Dark Stepsby Gabriel Levin
Synopses & Reviews
Gabriel Levin's fourth collection was written in Jerusalem in the shadow of Israel's bombardment and incursion into Gaza in 2008. The title sequence and its prose commentary ("The Fathers are Watching") navigate between war and the mind's need to escape its depredations. The final section of this articulate and compassionate book is a fifteen-sonnet cycle dispatched from an unnamed island, which could be everyman's abode.
Little dustbowl brightly lit for Ramadan
with your peppermint minaret tops and cannon-fire,
greetings from an aging utopist, an orientalist manqué . . .
Gabriel Levin grew up in the United States and has lived in Jerusalem since 1972.
Levins searching spirit deals compassionately and memorably with the minds need to disengage itself from the depredations of war.
Gabriel Levins fourth collection moves from the Mediterranean world that has engaged his imagination for the last thirty years, to the sombre title sequence written in the shadow of Israels bombardment and incursion into Gaza in 2008. These striking poems and their prose commentary (The Fathers are Watching) navigate between the depredations of war and the minds need to disengage itself from its surroundings. The final section of this articulate and compassionate book is a fifteen-sonnet cycle dispatched from the shores of an unnamed island, which could be everymans abode, in search of what might lie yonder.
About the Author
Gabriel Levin was born in France, grew up in the United States, and has been living in Jerusalem since 1972. He has published three earlier collections of poetry and translations from Hebrew, French and Arabic. He is a founding editor of Ibis Editions, a small press established in Jerusalem dedicated to the publication, in English, of literature from the Levant.
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