The Voices Israel Group of Poets

in English

Jerusalem Workshop, December 2018

On December 17th Dr. Judy Belsky -  poet extraordinaire and an amazing teacher of poetry writing - presented a half-day workshop on the theme: "Imagery, Imagination and Poems that Build to a Series," held at the charming Poetry Place (9, HaMa'aravim St.) in Jerusalem.

The workshop centered on creating a series of overlapping, inter-related poems that revisit a theme or setting and build to a whole. It focused on poems that weave between the rich terrain of childhood and the present, with an emphasis on fresh and powerful imagery. 

The workshop was a great success, with 30 people attending. They included a natural hardcore of Jerusalemites, plus members of Jerusalem coordinator Ruth Fogelman's Pri Hadash group. Voices members travelled from Haifa, Nazareth, Efrat, Netanya, Bet Shemesh and Ashkelon. As always, Dr. Judy Belsky provided insightful and helpful feedback to participants reading their drafts.

Our thanks to Ruth for undertaking key tasks in the day's organization, and to our secretary Linda Suchy for her very capable handling of the registrar's role.

The participants were invited to submit poems written during the workshop, or edited versions of them, for publication in the workshop chapbook. Nineteen poets took advantage of this opportunity. A PDF version of the chapbook, entitled "Mosaics of Memories," beautifully designed by Johnmichael Simon,  can be downloaded here

 A limited number of hard copies are available and workshop participants have had a first opportunity to order but if you are interested in obtaining a hard copy (cost 20 shekels) then please email our President as soon as possible to reserve one.

Regretfully we have no photos of the actual event, but the following may give an indication of the atmosphere:

Our workshop presenter, Dr. Judy Belsky

The  picturesque Poetry Place in Jerusalem

Inside The Poetry Place