Each poem in SHEKHINAH SPEAKS swirls and surges with differing velocities, alternately ferocious and tender flowing as a timeless continuous present.
In this new collection, Joy Ladin wondrously records the reports of the Shekhinah, the feminine aspect of G-d, an extremely important figure in Judaism. Each poem in SHEKHINAH SPEAKS swirls and surges with differing velocities, alternately ferocious and tender flowing as a timeless continuous present. In Ladin’s work, the Shekhinah has much to say about our current conditions and challenges. The poetry is earthly, ethereal, and full of soul. Very few writers in any form defeat the distinction between subject and predicate so thoroughly as Joy Ladin. This is an enormously significant contribution to poetry, and theology, an extension of Ladin’s breathtaking volume Psalms. The author provides a great gift, channeling her attunement to the Shekhinah— a figure similar in importance, and much represented, yet silent like Mary in Christianity. Silent no more, the Shekhinah now speaks in the fundamental and necessary language of true universal love with the passions of the Prophets. — Gregg Bordowitz
Poetry. Women's Studies. Jewish Studies.
Joy has published nine previous books of poetry, including National Jewish Book Award winner THE BOOK OF ANNA, reissued in a revised edition by EOAGH Press in 2021; a memoir of gender transition, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life; and Lambda Literary and Triangle Award finalist, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective. Episodes of her online conversation series, "Containing Multitudes," are available at www.jewishlive.org/multitudes. Links to her writings, readings, interviews, and talks are at her website: joyladin.wordpress.com.Author City: HADLEY, MA USA