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  • See If There Be Any Sorrow Like Unto My Sorrow

    Loading Video . . . Poet Judith Kunst brings us this beautiful poem in response to Lamentations 2:13. Lamentations 2:13 See If There Be Any Sorrow Like Unto My Sorrow By Judith Kunst ​ Credits: ​ Curated by: Elizabeth Dishman 2015 ​ ​ ​ Primary Scripture Loading primary passage... Loading Passage Reference... Share This Art: Facebook X (Twitter) WhatsApp LinkedIn Pinterest Copy Link ​ What entry point could a 21st century Midwestern poet find in an ancient poem attempting to grieve the desecration and dissolution of an entire nation? I wondered if I could find it in the 13th verse of chapter two, where the writer declares his own linguistic lack: loss of metaphor. "To what can I liken you," he says, "that I may comfort you?" Why is the act of setting two unlike things side by side and placing an equal sign between them a comforting act? Without being able to explain why, we instinctively know and practice the comfort of expressing exactly what we feel: Her smile is a boat that can carry me to safety. His look of scorn pierces me like a dagger. I wondered if a poem that used an apophatic structure‚ the rhetorical strategy of describing a thing by describing what it is NOT‚ could help me come closer to apprehending a sorrow so devastating that the quintessentially human act of metaphor-making has been rendered impossible. Spark Notes The Artist's Reflection ​ Judith Kunst is the author of The Burning Word: A Christian Encounter with Jewish Midrash (Paraclete). Her poetry can be found in The Atlantic, Poetry, Image, Able Muse, Measure, Southern Poetry Review, and other publications. She leads workshops that seek out the intersections of language, scripture, and culture, and she lives with her family at La Lumiere School in northwest Indiana. Website Judith Kunst About the Artist Judith Kunst Other Works By Related Information View More Art Make More Art Because everything has been taken, because everything that might have offered itself or been taken for consolation has already offered itself and been taken View Full Written Work See If There Be Any Sorrow Like Unto My Sorrow by Judith Kunst With what can I compare you, Daughter Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, Virgin Daughter Zion? Your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can heal you? – Lamentations 2:13 Because everything has been taken, because everything that might have offered itself or been taken for consolation has already offered itself and been taken, there can be now no consolation of comparison. You are a city but you are not like a city: your buildings are not like buildings, your streets are not like streets, they no longer pave the way for people who no longer act like people. Crying is heard, but I cannot say it is like the crying of lost children, for nothing in it remotely resembles innocence. I cannot say it is like the crying of boiled water in a kettle, for water does not start a fire under itself, nor does water keep boiling when its kettle has been crushed. How I long to say your crying is like that of wild geese, for then I could hear in your sobs some hope of pattern, some syncopation with the rhythms of departure and return. There is not. Any. I write, Your wound is as deep as the sea, and this is such a poorly drawn picture of our tears of our minds thrashing and lost in this enormity of crying that I see: even our language has broken up and been taken away. Close Loading Video . . . Because everything has been taken, because everything that might have offered itself or been taken for consolation has already offered itself and been taken Download Full Written Work

  • IsraelearsI

    emmitt-israel-feat.jpg EmmittIsrael2.jpg Loading Video . . . Artist Emmitt Klein-Stropnicky responds to Joshua 1:1-6. Joshua 1:1-6 IsraelearsI By Emmitt Klein-Stropnicky ​ Credits: ​ Curated by: Evelyn C. Lewis 2015 3/8 x 20 x 25 inches Drawing- pen and ink on dentil. Frame- fabricated steel with satin wax finish Mixed Media Primary Scripture Loading primary passage... Loading Passage Reference... Share This Art: Facebook X (Twitter) WhatsApp LinkedIn Pinterest Copy Link ​ It takes much meditation and concentration to trace the intricacies of a map. What is most fascinating is what I see within them as they emerge on the page. Often I find an arrangement which renders the map in a fitting representation of itself. In this case it is almost animalistic and yet so beautiful and simple. By mirror imagining the map I have taken it to another level of beauty. Maps are so full of dialogue and history. I wanted to remove some of the loaded politics and religion that is behind Israel‚ strip it of its names and labels. The passage I chose represents so perfectly what is still going on in this land today. Often in my work I combine different mediums and art forms (I.e. drawing and sculpture), which is why I chose to suspend the drawing so one can walk around the piece and view it's transparency from both sides. I saw it fit to juxtapose the map in front of a Brooklyn cityscape. it plays on my personal Jewish background and having been to Israel versus my residence in Brooklyn. Spark Notes The Artist's Reflection ​ Emmitt Klein-Stropnicky is a transgender artist who has resided in Brooklyn since he graduated from Pratt Institute in 2008 with a BFA in Sculpture. The spark for his love of maps all began when he traced his first map of his coastal hometown in Massachusetts. He currently works as lead fabricator at a high-end metal shop where he is continuing to pursue his passion for metalworking. Website Emmitt Klein-Stropnicky About the Artist Emmitt Klein-Stropnicky Other Works By Related Information View More Art Make More Art ​ View Full Written Work Close Loading Video . . . ​ Download Full Written Work

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