Homecoming and other poems
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About the Author
As I read in the beginning of this collection of poems, "Dedicated to self-discovery. May we all experience its magic," I felt swept up, powerless to stop and compelled to keep reading - and reading and reading, one word blending into the next. One line into the next, one stanza into the next, one page of such jolting expressions into the next. This is a book that can be read in one sitting - and again, and again and again. Which is what I did. Returning to one poem or another.
Rebecca took me on her voyage from creation to redemption, traversing along one path that led to the next. Early on I sensed that I needed to ensure that my emotional seat belt was securely fastened. Poet and reader together travel to mysterious places, with determination, curiosity and open to discovery of the unknown.
Phrases as "home was the treacherous bridge," "we know God wants this so bad," "our dignity full of a DNA," "the days stretch out like wool on the loom," "I'm not used to feeling this good," "If faith were a garden...," "if prayer collapses the distance," and "I found my answer in spirit," are but a few of the sentiments that swept up my attention up like a strong vacuum.
Some of us tell our narratives through prose and others share our stories through poetry. Both can capture our minds and hearts as each writer or poet invites the reader into their internal landscape. Rebecca, as a poet, invited me as the reader into her deeper self and I, as a prose writer, accepted her invitation and with gratitude I am thrilled that I did.
This is a must read for those who dare, who trust, whose own curiosity compels them, to travel with Rebecca on her moving journey to self-discovery.
Yiscah Smith, Spiritual activist and mentor, educator at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and Applied Jewish Spirituality.
Rebecca Herz's luminescent poems are full of the percussive litanies of the heart at-sometimes-war-&-sometimes-synchrony with the mind, as well as an index of where we might still encounter the holy. Herz - "on the precipice of blasphemy" - beds down with doubt, sings with all the selves, vividly articulates joy, transits the physical to reach the metaphysical, and traces the thin membrane between the mundane and the sacred. The poems are powerfully formally inventive and musical, always working to re-organize and reinvent the landscape of our desires and destitutions. Homecoming and Other Poems is replete with feminine/feminist/queer chutzpah & intuition & sensuality, wherein "love [is knocking] on hidden doors," and lovers become an "infinite knot," the mouth a "blossomed rose." Again and again, the body is revised and transmuted into soul by togetherness, "the sunrise [catching] us kissing in our minds," the power & prayer of pollinating at one's fingertips. Herz braves the labyrinthine past to explore its powerful pull on the psyche and battles with the dark derelictions of patriarchy to get to "the heart of the matter" - the lush liquid rapture of now, the infinite "home inside us."
- dawn lonsinger, Muhlenberg College Professor of Creative Writing & author of Whelm