Souls in the Garden

Souls in the Garden is a collection of poems inspired by my two trips to Spain in search of voices and traces of medieval and modern Jewish Spain. In 2000 I visited Málaga, Granada, Cazorla, Úbeda, Córdoba, Seville, and Jérez in southern Spain (Andalucía), as well as Toledo and Madrid. In 2012 I traveled in northern Spain to Barcelona, Girona, Figueres, Bésalu, Tarazona, Tudela, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Ávila, Segovia, Salamanca, and Madrid. With a few exceptions, most of these cities are part of the Camino de Sefarad, a Jewish pilgrim’s route designed by the Spanish government.

The voices encountered include those of poets, philosophers, mystics, religious figures, and royalty–men and women, mostly Jewish but also Christian and Muslim. These are the souls in the garden, an image taken from the wonderful Zohar: The Book of Splendor, the most important book of Jewish mysticism.

Go to Souls in the Garden: Poems About Jewish Spain for more information about this book, including specifics on how to order the print edition and a link to a PDF version.