Tel Aviv Diary - June 5,2011 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

June 5, 2011

Today is Ezi's birthday - and in the course of the celebrations we decided to go to Metulla this holiday. Despite the Naksa Day attempts to break through the borders, or perhaps because of it, I want to be there.

June 6, 2011

Are you into poetry? Here's a call from our competitors: Bar Ilan's Master's degree in creative writing has got a scholarship for this coming year to the lucky applicant.

Here are some refrigerator poems for you to create your own installation at home in your fridge. Let me know how it works for you.

Refrigerator Poems

June 7, 2011

The Daily Mail says that 40 uk universities are breeding grounds for terror. Jeepers! I guess all the students I meet study literature and not civil engineering, so I've never met someone who believed in learning how to kill. Or maybe I have.

Happy holidays.

June 8, 2011

Greetings from Metula, where the view from Ricky's kitchen is a Hizballah community that grows by leaps and bounds every time I visit. Where we watch the Hizballah concrete factory busily building and expanding from the window of Arazim hotel on main street. And oh, where we see newer and more interesting poets from year to year.

At the moment we're all poetryed out and have retired to listen to the mighty wind blowing through the trees but we spent the day hearing poets read, discuss, present and analyse their work. Agi Mishol reminds me again and again how wonderful poetry can be, and she's worth going any distance to hear.

June 9, 2011

Today we returned from thes festival at Metula, missing the younger poets whose works were to be performed today. Even though their work is interesting I couldn't believe that their work would 'fork' enough 'lightning' to deserve my missing work. And then when I got home I saw the announcement of the rape and murder of young Bahraini poet Ayat al-Ghermezi, who had just recited anti-Bahraini poems. She looks just like a student of mine.

Here she is reading her last poem.

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