Jerusalem Report

Jerusalem’s stranger

Poet Dennis Silk was an observer, holy visitor and resident ghost in the Holy City.

 The cover photo of “A Cloud Inhaled Me” shows the mournful, ethereal face of Dennis Silk (1928-1998), hands upraised, as if imploring some unseen aggressor not to shoot.

It is the face of a poet whose home in Abu Tor, along the west-east divide in Jerusalem, was the occupied territory of hand puppets and wind-up toys, and whose poems could be bracingly playful, even his poems about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his thorny inheritance as an immigrant from the UK at age 27.

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