IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Molly Moses’ Poems Count the Omer at the Salon
May 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm, by Timna Burston
Molly urgently texting: I have a poem to share at the Salon. Is it too late? As I receive the text, Molly appears at the door, red hair and Tzitzit (ritual fringed shawl) flying behind her. No, certainly not too late.
Perhaps it is fitting to speak about Molly’s poetry and how it relates to time. The poems she chose to share at the May 19 Salon were based in a project she undertook, wherein she counted the days of the Omer (days marking the passing of time between Passover and Shavuot) by writing a poem representing each day. The structure of her poem expanded as days were counted away, the number of words per line rising for each day of the Omer.
From terse, fractured images to lengthy epic prose, she recounts her musings on her connection and distance from God in this powerful undertaking.
Molly Moses is originally from Baltimore and now lives in New York City and just finished a year of learning at Yeshivat Hadar. In the fall she will enter the Master of Theological Studies program at Harvard Divinity School.
You can read more of her writing on her blog