“And so, quietly, eyes shut,
babies drop into the world,
like rain falling in the dark
from a gigantic hand into shafts,
into a spider’s tent, a cold apple.”

That’s the opening stanza of Nurit Zarchi’s poem “Baby Blues,” read by host Marcela Sulak in today’s podcast about the Jerusalem-born poet. Zarchi, who now lives in Tel Aviv, is one of Israel’s best-known children’s authors and has published eight collections of poetry, two collections of short stories, and a collection of essays.

Poets on the Edge. An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry. Selected and translated by Tsipi Keller. State University of New York Press, 2008.

All music with lyrics by Nurit Zarchi:
Li-Ron Choir – Yalda Mazleg Ve Yalda Kaf
Shlomo Gronich – Barehov Shelanu
Li-Ron Choir – Shalosh Yeladot Mayim

Producer: Laragh Widdess
Technical producer: Alex Benish

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