Working now on a follow-up to God is in the Cracks: A Narrative in Voices, Black Moss Press, 2006. Distributed largely in Canada, book now (with a dozen or so newer poems) awaits a new incarnation, a publisher in the U.S. Again, I'm hearing that voice, the critical father speaker saying, for example,
"Ach, you and that brain of yours,
30 billion neurons it contains,
a million billion connections,
and look at you, look at you--mishegoss..."
"If you (still) hear the voice (father's voice), stay with it," says Bly. And "Nephesh," the voice is saying. It's the Hebrew word for soul. That's where I'm at now. Nephesh.
"754 times it appears in the Old Testament," he (father) says. He's speaking, of course, from "the other side."
The word Nephesh may designate 'throat, neck, breath, being' (from the root n-p-sh 'to inhale, breath'). in Gen. 2-7, the phrase nephesh chayya may be translated 'living breath' thus matching God's act of breathing (neshama).
New poems (dialogues, monologues) are set in Palm Springs, CA, Forest Lawn cemetery, Desert Memorial park, Frank Sinatra for a neighbor.
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