Kaddish to My Parents and Other Poems by Ruth Netzer – Book Review

Kaddish to My Parents and Other Poems

BY: RUTH NETZER

Synopsis:

Enter the poignancy of Ruth’s world via her award-winning poetry

Wonderful selections from ten books of the author’s award-winning poetry appear in this largely autobiographical collection. The poems follow the experiences of the author during her childhood in the Land of Israel, her life with her parents during her growing years, and her all-consuming grief as she accompanies them towards their deaths.

Word paintings in poetry by an accomplished artist

Also included is a special section of “gallery poetry,” the aesthetic, experiential responses of the poet, who is also a painter. The concluding section features additional poems on various subjects (All drawings in the book are by the poet).

Enjoy the fruit of Ruth Netzer’s delicate yet powerful pen:

“The girl that I was is still standing there,

taking in all the sights and smells

of the days to come;

a small girl, in a small village, in a small valley,

and the sky is so high.”

Book Review:

Kaddish to My Parents and Other Poems is a collection of heartfelt poems that are beautifully interwoven words full of emotions. The poetess, Ruth Netzer, has written highly sensitive poems that paint a picture in front of you with their words. Some of them are full of loneliness wrapped in a blanket of sadness where some are inspiring full of hope. This is one of those books that grow on you. They are so touching and emotional that they stay with you for long after finishing the book. Some of my favourite poems in the collection are Alone, Later, The Girl and All That Remains.

The girl that I was is still standing there,

Taking in all the sights and smell

Of the days to come;

a small girl, in a small village, in a small valley,

and the sky is so high.

I hug her in my arm –

You are no longer alone – I say to her,

We are both writing this poem.

 

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