I am continually renewed,like evolution.I don't know if I want to stop,or if I can,but I am ashamedat the possibility of gaining from the death of the dead.For I should not appear even fleetinglyglad in my need for renewal.This has been done beforeon nature shows wound in reverse.A wilted plant turns green then back into a seed.Or maybe I am mistaken, and it's justthe opposite.
"Evolution" from My Forces Fire/Esh Kohotai [Hebrew] (2007, Even Hoshen Publishers) [End Page 10]
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Dara Barnat's poetry appears in journals in the U.S. and Israel, and is forthcoming in Poet Lore. Her 2009 chapbook Headwind Migration was released by Pudding House Publications, and she received a work-study scholarship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Dara is currently completing a PhD on Jewish American Poetics at Tel Aviv University, where she teaches poetry and creative writing. She writes and translates with the conviction that poetry inspires connection, reflection, and dialogue. You can reach Dara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gili is an Israeli poet published internationally. She has three volumes of poetry in Hebrew: Contact Glue (Gavanim, 2001), Reflected Like Joy (Gavanim, 2002) and My Forces Fire (Even Hoshen, 2007). Her forthcoming book, Lint Season, will be published this winter in Israel (Pardes 2011). In 2007, her first collection of poetry in English, Living on a Blank Page, was published in Canada (Blue Angel Press). In North America her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Cahoots Magazine, LRC - Literary Review of Canada, TOK1: Writing the New Toronto, Stellar Showcase Journal and Writing in the Margins, as well as major Israeli journals such as Mitaam and Emda. Gili graduated from the Camera Obscura Arts School and ISIS Israel, the training program for intermodal expressive arts therapy. She currently lives in Toronto and works as an Expressive Arts Therapist and a creative writing workshop facilitator. Her website is www.poetryon.com