While many reflect upon the period before autumn
2000, as one of approaching a true and lasting peace, some of the fears,
private anguish and harsh realities of life in Israel rang as true then as
they do today. The poets manage to express concerns that are on the minds
of so many Israelis.
The poets live throughout
the country in such places as Jerusalem, Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, Haifa, Kiryat
Ata, Ramat Aviv and Be’er Sheva.
The poem, Hagoshrim
by Gustawa Stendig-Lindberg, speaks of the serene sensation one feels when
in the north.
In contrast, Niva Kramek’s poem, My Masochism
about the constant battle to “stick-it-out” and “be strong”. Finally Elaine
Kallet deals with a fear and reality at the forefront of so many Israeli
minds: the daily luck or fate, whose number will be up in the daily terror
The anthology tells
the story of how Israelis, both native and those who made aliyah to Israel,
cope with the realities of a country whose people are always passionate
and where tempers run high. The contrast between the tremendous beauty of
daily life to the horrors of war are themes that run throughout the collection
about the love of those known and unknown to us echo the questions the poets
bring to life and help to voice the inner conflicts so many people experience.
The anthology is
poetry. It is recommended reading for those seeking insight into what many
Israelis are thinking and feeling today.