Dvora Levin’s Sharav evokes the deep memory and universal yearning for the Holy Land hidden in the soul of both West and East. Sharav is the Hebrew word for the scorching desert wind, also known as hamsim, whose tiny particles of sand and unstable barometric pressure inflame the senses almost to madness. In her first full book, Levin ponders the paradox of Jerusalem: the place of peace and ancient wisdom, seldom free of war and folly. From the rooftops of Zion to the depths of the praying heart at the Western Wall, the wind and sand of Sharav entices the spirit and engages the mind.
Sharav is Dvora Levin's first full-length book of poems. She has published the chapbooks This Time In the Land and To Bite the Blue Apple, as well as poems in five chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane (Leaf Press). A regular reader at Planet Earth Poetry in Victoria, BC, she has read poems on CBC Radio and participated in the Poet Tree Project. She leads poetry writing workshops in the workplace and for people of the street.
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