Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory
Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory, featuring works by Laurie Wohl
2011 CARE grant recipient Laurie Wohl interweaves Muslim, Jewish and Christian poetry and spiritual texts from the period of the Convivencia in Spain (eighth through fifteenth centuries) with contemporary Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian and Israeli. She presents the common themes and striking parallels between Arabic and Hebrew texts- similarly rich in poetry of spiritual love, extensive poetry of exile, and poetry of nostalgia for Andalusia.
An audio component is integral to the project and will consist of English, Arabic, and Hebrew readings of the poems and spiritual texts contained in the work.