Dana has been writing poetry since she was a teenager in Buffalo, NY. She studied poetry under Allen Grossman’s tutelage at Brandeis University, graduating with a bachelor’s in English and American Literature. She also took Master’s classes in Creative Writing and Poetry at New York University, and studied Torah and Kabbalah at Bais Chana of California Woman’s Yeshiva. Her poems have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Dana considers herself a Modern Orthodox Fun Feminist, if she had to put a label to it. She has worked extensively in the entertainment industry as a writer and producer, and currently writes for non-profit organizations. But, her most favorite role is as single mom to her beautiful daughter. You can find more of Dana’s poetry at her blog, www.thejewishpoetess.wordpress.com
An Un-Love Song is written as a psalm to Shavuot, which is associated with one of the most beautiful, celebratory poems in history, the Song of Songs. However, it’s written in the style of a Lamentation, as a response to heartbreaking acts of aggression towards women and children in the misappropriated name of religion. The poem addresses current events against a backdrop of Biblical recounting, including the Mount Sinai experience, the sin of worshipping the golden calf, the subsequent breaking of the original Tablets, and the story of Ruth and Naomi. It is a decidedly feminist poem.
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