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Sleep

Unyielding, beneath us,
and yet a morsel to be scavenged,

capitulating against all
other loss.

Against irrelevant loss
what flies away —

a thing one cannot be rid of.

Against its savoring query.

 


The Golem

by Elizabeth Robinson

(2007)

Cover by Jae Jennifer Rossman

About the cover:

The design incorporates elements from the Jewish legend of the golem, which asserts that this supernatural being can be created from either earth or air through the mystical creative properties of letters used to form words, written or spoken. A popular version of the legend states that a golem can be created by writing the three letters that spell “truth” on the forehead of the inanimate mud creature. When the first letter is erased, the word changes to “death” and the life force is removed from the creature. On the cover, the color of which represents the element of air, is a pattern, representing the infinite creative possibilities of letters. The pattern is composed of the three Hebrew characters that spell truth, and hence also death. The brown edges of the cover represent the element of earth and are created with paint which contains earth as its main pigment: Raw Umber. The outer paper wrap surrounding the text opens with truth and closes with death. The font is “Hebrew 1” from the 18th century book Pantographia; containing accurate copies of all the known alphabets in the world; together with an English explanation of the peculiar force or power of each letter. One of the most well known legends of a golem is of that created in the 16th century by Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague to protect the city. In fact, this story was created in the late 18th century and attributed to the well know Rabbi. Thus the very famous tale is an artificial, yet magical, creation, just like a golem. --Jae Jennifer Rossman