Thursday, February 16, 2012

Shaping Language

Dear Mary,

Your words matter to me because you show that poetry matters, that it is a human heart and mind, in your case quite remarkable ones, shaping language in the struggle to communicate what lies deepest.  I read your poems constantly and study them. But I also use them in a feminist, poetry-based havurah called "Fringes," which means that here in Philadelphia, a group of women have been praying your words monthly for five years now.

From that community to you, our blessings and a prayer for refuah shlema - a healing of body, of mind, and of spirit.

Elliott batTzedek

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