The Voices Israel Group of Poets

in English

Haifa Workshop, June 23rd, 2021

This was the second day of presentations from the cancelled "Poetry By The Sea" residential workshop. Faced with no open hotels at reasonable prices, we divided the presentations into two separate days, held the first and last week of June, in Netanya and Haifa respectively. 


Like the June 7th workshop held in Netanya, this one was fully subscribed with 20 participants; but several last-minute cancellations due to illness resulted in a final participation of sixteen poets who gathered together in the lovely home of our gracious hostess, Edit Gavriely of the Haifa group. 


As usual in our one-day workshops, there were three presentations,  each followed by a writing exercise and time for participants to read the poems written during the exercise period:

  • Elana Dorfman of the Haifa Voices group, who gave a much-lauded "mini-workshop" on "Poetry of the Senses," focusing on the sense of smell, via Zoom back in March, returned with a parallel session on "The Poetry of Sound".
  • Iris Dan, also of the Haifa group, introduced us to an ancient genre with her presentation on "Aubades – the Daily Shock of the Dawn".
  • Dina Yehuda from the Lower Galilee gave a talk on  "Bible Stories as the Inspiration for Poetry," focusing on the story of Adam and Eve and the Fall via its depiction in Medieval and Renaissance paintings, resulting in an outpouring of ephrastic poems from participants in the exercise period.

A couple of slides from Dina Yehuda's presentation:

The participants were invited to submit poems written during the workshop, or edited versions of them, for publication in the workshop chapbook, which we hope to print and distribute to participants.


We sorely missed our "resident photographer," Judith Fineberg; in her absence we made to with a couple of general pictures of participants taken via cellphone: