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The City I Run From: Poems of Tel Aviv, Poems by Dara Barnat
The City I Run From: Poems of Tel Aviv explores being rooted in, yet estranged from, an adopted city. As an English-language poet in Tel Aviv, the city - in its profound complexity - permeates the personal aspects of the poet's life, in terms of language, friendship, grief, joy, and motherhood. These lyric poems depict Tel Aviv as a home that informs the poet's identity, one that she both resists and embraces.
"Each poem in Dara Barnat's latest collection is clear, beautiful, painful and yet uplifting. The euphony of the descriptions of Tel Aviv discloses the harmony of the life beneath the conflicts she describes, the peace in the inner and outer chaos that is both the city and the conflation and conciliation of the losses of the past with the gifts of the present. It is Walt Whitman who helps to 'understand why life can take / so much, so much / more than it gives,' and as in his poems, past present and future converge and redeem." - Karen Alkalay-Gut
Dara Barnat holds a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University, where she currently teaches. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry, In the Absence (Turning Point Books, 2016) and Headwind Migration (Pudding House, 2009). Her poetry and translations from Hebrew appear in The Cortland Review,diode, Poet Lore, Lilith, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. Also a researcher of poetry, and Walt Whitman, specifically, Dara's critical essays appear inW alt Whitman Quarterly Review, Studies in American Jewish Literature, Shofar, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Dara lives between Tel Aviv and New York.