In another of the ongoing series with Anglican and Christian poets this religion writer chose to interview Jewish poet and translator Peter Cole. One of his agents suggested a Jewish poet, though Ofer Ziv of Blue Flower Arts knew the series was made up of Christians and Anglicans.
The mystic, poet, and secular Jewish married man of letters who is a scholar is reticent to use the word God in an interview, and even reticent to admit to a belief in the Almighty. Yet this religious and spiritual scholar and poet has a recent book of translations of works from the Kabbalah in the book titled The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition.
This ancient discipline of understanding the Almighty in the Jewish tradition is a mystical and mysterious exercise in religious practice that continues into our own day - this 21st century. If one asks, Where are we going? even in the Christian community, it does good to look toward the mystics, be they Christian or Jew.
©2012 Peter A. Menkin (P)2013 Peter A. Menkin
It gets to the point and has a wry sense of humor. There is much said about the poet and scholar in the interview with him, though it is a short interview: pithy.
No punches pulled.
I like where the poet reveals his sensibilities of poetic sensibilities.
Surprised at the scholars honesty.
I am the author of the interview reviewing his own work.
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