Poetry. Jewish Studies. Women's Studies. "DEEP CALLS TO DEEP introduces Jane Medved, a poet fully formed. One poem imagines Herod at the women's shelter. In another set at the Western Wall where prayers are offered, the speaker knows that 'God sends back his answers / —No and no and no.' Medved weaves family life with biblical narrative, the ancient desert landscape of Israel with images of a city in a contemporary war. 'Chaos is a magnet, / not a void,' she writes, in these timely, timeless poems. DEEP CALLS TO DEEP is a powerful meditation on the notion of safety. She asks how we create a sense of it for ourselves in this world that serves up violence in the name of justice or empire or victory. 'When the air raid siren blows through / Shabbat it finds me ready with clean sheets / and coffee,' writes Jane Medved of the intimate practices that ground us in turbulent times. This is a wise and important book."—Connie Voisine
Jane Medved is the author of the poetry chapbook Olam, Shana, Nefesh (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Mudlark, Cimarron Review, Spoon River Poetry Review and New American Writing. She is a graduate of the Shaindy Rudolph Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University and the poetry editor of The Ilanot Review. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she has lived for the last twenty-five years in Jerusalem, Israel, where she currently teaches poetry at the WriteSpace Jerusalem studio.
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