KWH Pick of the Week: “Lullaby (with Exit Sign),” by Hadara Bar-Nadav, chosen by Joseph Harrington

Posted on March 25, 2013


Knox Writers’ House Contributor’s Pick of the Week 3 /25/2013

Lullaby (with Exit Sign) by Hadara Bar-Nadav in Kansas City, MO / KS

Chosen Joseph Harrington by in Lawrence, KS  who says:

The imagery and semantic content of Hadara Bar-Nadav’s poems shift quickly but smoothly – they somehow manage to be precise and elliptical at the same time. The poems are gorgeous rococo dreamscapes; but the “dreams” from which they issue are often disturbing, full of mysterious, grotesque and transmogrifying bodies, human and animal. She once told me that she puts this down to being exposed to too many films about the Holocaust as a child. In “Lullaby (with Exit Sign),” the title poem of her new collection, it gradually becomes clear that those hypnogogic, phantastical, scary metamorphoses are those that happened to family members during the Holocaust; she directly addresses them. Listen to “Palace” and then “Lullaby,” and you’ll see what I mean. It will make you want to hear and read more.

Kansas City

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