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  • Biblical Reeds
  • Joanne Seltzer (bio)

They dance in the wind, fan the weeping Hebrew baby until his princess comes.

Myth focuses on peoplebut without slender grasses papyrus-ark would float into eternal waters while Miriam rebuked the God of good intentions.

After the rescue, aftermother becomes wet nurse the weeds begin to sing triumphant lullabies. [End Page 22]

The singing, dancing reedsteach Miriam to sing, teach Miriam to dance.

Miriam teaches Mosesto imitate the reeds that inscribe God's voice.

Joanne Seltzer

Joanne Seltzer, Schenectady, New York, was born and raised in Detroit, graduated from the University of Michigan, then moved east. She holds an M.A. in English from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals including The Village Voice, Hadassah Magazine, and Jewish Women's Literary Annual and are included in many anthologies. She has also published short fiction and three poetry chapbooks.



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