Rachel Kann

I Surrender

to the mystery,
to the undertow,  
the sonic boom,
the solitude, 
the blindness that might 
or might not precede second sight,

every moonbeamy dream,
every starry-eyed vision,
every last second
spent in sweet anticipation,
every restless breath,
every expectation,

my dignity,
my faith, 
my long-expired fire, 
quirk and desire,
my want of belonging,
my longing to understand,

to the stamina
this resistance
presses against me with,
to the gravity of gravity
and the graveness of graves,

to the solitude, 
to the sonic boom,
the undertow, 
the mystery,
I surrender.




Rachel Kann’s latest poetry collection is How to Bless the New Moon, from Ben Yehuda Press. She is a poet, performer, ceremonialist and teaching artist. She’s a 2019 WORD: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize recipient. Her poetry collections include A Prayer on Behalf of the Broken Heart and 10 for Everything. She is the author of the children’s book, You Sparkle Inside. 

Her writing appears in journals such as Soul-Lit, Tiferet, Eclipse, Permafrost, Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review and Quiddity. She's a resident writer for Hevria, where she’s also featured as a performing artist on The Hevria Sessions

She’s performed her poetry in venues such as Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, The Broad Stage and The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. 

She is a 2019 Inquiry Fellow through American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity and was a 2017 Asylum Arts Reciprocity Fellow and the 2017 Outstanding Instructor of the Year at UCLA Extension Writers' Program. 

Her Spoken Word Visual Album, The Quickening, has received accolades from film festivals in Florence, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and New York. 

She leads Realize Paradise Shabbat Soul Journeys and New Moon Union Rosh Chodesh Circles and is initiated as Tzovah through Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Training Program.