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Welsh Woman Wandering and Other Poems
Welsh Woman Wandering and Other Poems
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Susan Ellen Mesinai - Author
Codhill Press
Price: $16.00 
Paperback - 89 pages
Release Date: August 2010
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-930337-22-0

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Summary

From “Welsh Woman Wandering”


At this Spring, you will find me, in all my

      smiling Invisibility

Part of the play of lights and darks dancing

      on the

Waters of a Sacred Well, giving Vision to the

      Blind & Healing.

Here I will dwell, even in this lifetime

For I have come Home.


“Susan Mesinai’s poems are spiritual, inquisitive, and generousan alchemy of language. With imagistic lines and surprising off-rhymes, their many cadenced voices range from Raoul Wallenberg’s isolation cell to Jacob’s ladder-totem-pole; Kali’s broad sweeping grounds to a mother’s mother’s healing well; a daughter who ‘…plants her feet on mine … laughing backwards’ to a wife’s full moon face ‘braver than any war.’ I’m grateful for these new connections to this bright, agile world of constantly renewing relationships.” — Christianne Balk, Author of Bindweed and Desiring Flight

“Susan Mesinai, activist, poet, moral conscience, sends dispatches from a spiritual battlefront … Lyrical, personal, fiercely honest, an American Akhmatova, Mesinai bears witness to the madness of her time, and to hard-won moments of sanity and hope in this incandescent collection of poems.” — Marcus Boon, York University, author of The Road to Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs

Scholar in comparative religion and coauthor of Shlomo’s Stories, Susan Ellen Mesinai was chosen one of Columbia University’s 250 “greatest graduates” for her search for Raoul Wallenberg and other foreign prisoners who disappeared into the Soviet Gulag after World War II.


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Table of Contents

Early Songs of Experience
(1970–72)

Mrs. Walters
Willimae
Epilogue
History & The Watchman
Against Moon
What Is Desire?
Yellow Gold
Death in Taos
Kali’s Garden
Changes
Wind Tree
You

Israel

(1973–1984)

Sojourning
Jacob Between Worlds
Jacob On Women
Noah’s Dream Before Yom Kippur
Phantoms
Rivkah, The Spring Before the War
Rivkah the Whore, The Spring After
Cain’s Plow: The Downside of War
Tzippi After the Maalot Massacre
Qumran
It’s Snowing, Rav Nachman
Kruvim

Strange Places

(1984–1988)

Crossing the Realm of Riches
Bardo
Highway Man Riding
Yellow Leaves
Nanny
November 1988

The Gulag

(1991–1993)

Portrait of a Dissident
Bark
Raoul Listening

Songs of Now

(1994–Present)

The Color of Listening
Sea Change
Hamadoun’s Lament
Welsh Woman Wandering


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