12/05/2012

Graffiti on a wall
around a Tel Aviv suburb:

“Existence is resistance.”
The Talmud says we  must build

a fence around the torah.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:

Like many others, I believe a poem’s mystery exists as much in the distance between its ideas or images as in the things themselves. My surprise in this poem was finding that same mystery mirrored in the distance  between morality and law, or politics. Of course when we talk about this kind of mystery–between images or ideas, morality and law–and say it exists in poems, what we really mean is that it exists in ourselves.

BIO:

Joshua Gottlieb-Miller’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, The Journal, Birmingham Poetry Review, Linebreak and Indiana Review, where he won the 2012 Indiana Review Poetry Prize. He holds an MFA from the University of Houston, where he was a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.
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