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"Rechavia" by Maxim D. Shrayer


Wake up in Jerusalem

like a babe in her mother’s lap.

Unshut your eyes and see:

You’re in the room of a traveler’s inn,

sleeping next to you on a narrow cot

your own—G-d’s—creation,

an eight-year-old daughter.

And all the metaphors mix

on the palette of Saturday morning.

Maxim D. Shrayer

Maxim D. Shrayer is a bilingual author and a professor at Boston College. He was born in Moscow and emigrated in 1987. His recent books include A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas (Cherry Orchard Books, 2019) and Immigrant Baggage (Cherry Orchard Books, 2023), a memoir. Shrayer’s new collection of poetry, Kinship, is forthcoming in April 2024 from Finishing Line Press. You can learn more about him at www.shrayer.com.



Maxim D. Shrayer