Rachel Kann

Jellyfish Dance Of The Ten Infinities

Shekhinah is gathering
all the female and fallen sparks
into her sacred darkness,

a cosmological, spiraling,
majestic mass
of literal crystal dust 
that opalescences 
in jellyfish heartbeat bellows;

I am grateful 
to this seeming-stillness
which allows these
ten infinities
their full and
paradoxical expansion.

Find me 
lost in orchards,
sweet-talking 
peach blossoms.

Each trial by fiery furnace,
each truth by blue ocean,
Sing praise to 
the tried and true soul.

 

 

 

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.