My Kenyon Review Essays: a Year in Review

In response to the mass shootings this year, I'm writing a 4-part series "Notes on Love and Violence." Here's Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

I wrote about temporarily living in Rehavia, when I was wandering in Jew in Jerusalem in "The Silence of Syrian Rue"

Exploring that particularly strange sense of happiness of artists, I wrote about Amos Oz's My Michael and forgiveness in "Stranger in the Midrahov."

Artist Michael Hafftka's work has shaped me as a poem, especially his Zohar paintings, and I wrote about him and our friendship in "The Balance Hangs in a Place That Is Not."

I wrote about Elena Shvarts, a young Russian woman whom I lived with one summer and "passing" in Jerusalem in "Hello from the Other Side."

For Halloween, I wrote about 28 Days Laterand invited fellow poets and writers to tell us what terrifies them.

The year I discovered Gimpel the Fool was the same year strange things befell my childhood home; read about it here in "Dybbuk or Ibbur: Midnight Dances with Isaac Bashevis Singer."

Aviv Geffen's music shaped my young political conscience, and I wrote about him and my dream of a united, multicultural, multi-religious and above all tolerant Levant in "Uri Ur: On Aviv Geffen and Impossible Homelands."

What began it all? My three-part series on the High Holy Days: "On Books and Silence: Why I Cannot Pray on Rosh Hashanah"; "Not-Quite Goodbye (Aseret Yemei Yeshiva)" and "On the Wings of a Power Ballad: Yom Kippur and Atonement"

Still to come for December: an essay on Sholem Aleichem and more!