where grass can never be called straw

A poem for Nissan, and an everyday reminder. . . . → Continue reading: where grass can never be called straw

Velveteen Rabbi Mix

It’s been a long while since I’ve shared any audio experiments. I can’t/won’t admit to any creativity on my part for the material I mix aside from my recognition of something delightful in the juxtaposition. Such was the case this evening when visiting an old blog page of Rachel Barenblat and was surprised to hear a number of poems read simultaneously via some old javascript. I thought it was worthy of sharing given that the ephemeral nature of accidental beauty deserves recognition. . . . → Continue reading: Velveteen Rabbi Mix

Pinḥas Haiku Iterations

Haikus offered in commentary to Parashat Pinḥas 2011-2014, originally for Avi Strausberg’s Torah Haiku project. . . . → Continue reading: Pinḥas Haiku Iterations

Great Nature and the Gematria of Elohim

Petru Moldovan writes, “Idel notices that in “Ghet ha-Îemot,” Abulafia had used for the first time the gematria combination: Elohim = ha-Teva. To Abulafia, Elohim is the act of Creation, and not its agent, as this name is the same with nature, and the gematria combination should not be understood as a simple linguistic pun, but as a way of considering the identity of nature with the divine, just as Maimonides had suggested it in the “Guide.” . . . → Continue reading: Great Nature and the Gematria of Elohim

Ain Sof

A very short meditation on negative theology and emergence. . . . → Continue reading: Ain Sof

The Cutting Reeds

A poem for Passover 2011. . . . → Continue reading: The Cutting Reeds

With Heine at Lorelei

At 161st Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx, there is a highly ornate fountain named Lorelei located in a rather lonely park dedicated to dead poets. Inscribed at the base of Lorelei is the name and visage of a man — once upon a time, Germany’s favorite Romantic poet. Hitler tried his best to . . . → Continue reading: With Heine at Lorelei

Maseḥet Yoma, Pereq Shemini

A poem inspired by one written by Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli, here. . . . → Continue reading: Maseḥet Yoma, Pereq Shemini

We are the music makers

In the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), after Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) proudly describes that in his lickable wallpaper “The snozberries taste like snozberries!”, an exasperated Veruca Salt snidely objects, “Snozberries? Who ever heard of a snozberry?” Willy Wonka grabs her mouth and explains “We are the music makers, and We are . . . → Continue reading: We are the music makers

Text Cloud of the Omphalos

Behold, my Omphalos as digested arithmetically (with some aesthetic treatments) by Jonathan Feinberg’s text cloud application over at Makes for a rather elegant visual poem, no? The wordle engine accepts site URLs, RSS feeds, or giant gobs of text. The latter is what I fed it after copying the source of my ATOM . . . → Continue reading: Text Cloud of the Omphalos