Feld is an acclaimed poet and playwright whose work has been featured in numerous
books, including The Torah: A Women’s Commentary and Mahzor Lev Shalem. As a scholar-in-residence,
she has helped clergy and communities across North America use poetry as a
powerful means of spiritual expression. Her latest poetry collection, Finding
Words, explores the subtle beauty and stark challenges of family, the
complexities of adult friendships, the struggle to center a life on what is
meaningful and nourishing, and the holiness to be found in ordinary moments.
Moving and accessible, Finding Words is a great gift for your friends,
family, and congregants. It provides thoughtful content for a unique
and powerful adult education program, as well as readings for worship
services. The companion study guide features discussion questions to help readers and educators
plumb the depths of the poetry and to ponder the Jewish sources and human
feelings behind the simple yet powerful words.
Study Guide now available!
Advance Praise for Merle Feld and Finding Words:
“Merle Feld’s Finding Words is a book of memory
and desire, neediness and hopefulness, elegies for loved ones lost, celebration of moments of
joy and love, scrupulous self-examination. I am gripped by Feld’s
honesty, and by her precise nailing of ‘the little obsessions that sink their
teeth in / and mercilessly shake us, impervious / to our whimpering and begging
Let me go.’ These poems didn’t let me go, either—they held me captive
like the stories of my own life.”
—Alicia Ostriker, author of For the Love of God and The
Book of Seventy
“You read Merle Feld’s poems and wonder: Has this woman
been alive for a thousand years? How can she know so much, contain so much? How
can she continuously pierce my soul with these words she has found?”
Kushner, author of Kabbalah: A Love Story and I’m God; You’re Not
“These poems pour from the heart…. With wisdom and
grace, Merle Feld reports about life from the edges of her senses and
—Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent and Day After Night
“Merle Feld's Finding
Words is really a book about finding people. Her poems are filled
with evidence of a caring heart, a great sensitivity to the nuances of personal
connections…. This is poetry to be savored, not just read. I hope
you enjoy it as much as I did.”
—Rabbi Arthur Green, author of Radical Judaism and Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow
||Finding Words Study Guide (e-Book)
The Finding Words companion study guide features discussion questions to help readers plumb the depths of the poetry and to ponder the Jewish sources and human feelings behind the simple yet powerful words. With both thematic study sessions and questions for each poem, this 50-page electronic guide is ideal for both individuals and congregations alike. Also includes an interview with the poet herself, Merle Feld.
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