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Hi Poetry Lovers,

Those of you interested in writing, and looking for an opportunity to be published in an international anthology---read on.

I have had the experience of being part of the Voices Israel Anthology several times, including this past year, 2010, which marked the 36th anniversary of publication, and resulted in a marvelous reading at Poet's House in NYC last February.

Here is one of the poems that appeared:




I love to see

the flowers tier out front---


crocus first, then

happy yellow daffs,


tulips, elegant ladies

too tall and cool to remain


past April. At last azaleas

burst gaudy free


& then suddenly


Spring is gone


and so too my neighbor’s tree

the bold Sweet Gum---


so audacious!

bearing leaves in five glowing colors


spreading roots,  disrupting the flow

of city sewers,


so outrageous


it had to be killed, cut down,

its criminal stump


dragged off in chains.


What scant violation is this?


Weapons cut down

innocents and masses somewhere


starve. The television keeps blinking.


This is two-thousand and ten.


I am far too old to weep for trees.             

               --Judith R. Robinson


Two-Thousand-Ten is a poem without any particular Jewish content or references, as is the case with some of the work included in the Anthology, as well as the other competitions sponsored by this publisher. So don't limit yourself to poems containing Jewish only subject matter---but don't hesitate to include them either.  


Judge – Esther Cameron (USA), editor of The Deronda Review. Prizes — 1st: US$ 500, 2nd: US$200,

3rd: US$100, 7 honorable mentions. Entries must be received by Sunday 9th October, 2011. For submission

guidelines and full details, please see our separate flyer, mailed together with this Newsletter or go to the

Annual Competition page on the website http://voicesisrael.com/annualcompetition.htm


Perhaps also our Cyclamens and Swords contest:    


Submissions accepted from July 1st until 30th November 2011

What to submit

This is an open contest for poetry of any style or theme. Your entry should be your own original work. You may submit the same poem(s) simultaneously to this contest and others and you may submit poems that have been published elsewhere, as long as you own the online publication rights. Poems that have won cash prizes in other contests are excluded.


Poems not to exceed 30 lines length (excluding title and spaces between stanzas).


The Judges this year are Ricky Rapoport Friesem, Helen Bar-Lev and Johnmichael Simon.

Online entries must be emailed to johnmichael@cyclamensandswords.com

Poems should be in one single Word or .rtf attachment. Each poem should be on a separate page.  Include your contact details: name, address, email address, telephone numbers only once in the document. 

Entries may also be mailed to: Cyclamens and Swords Publishing, P.O. Box 21, Metulla10292, ISRAEL (postmarked no later than 30th November 2010).


Some submissions require a small reading fee. Details re payment are on the websites. Follow the links above and below for more information.



Senior Editor,

Cyclamens and Swords Publishing




Voices Israel Group of Poets in English


Helen joins me sending special regards--and good luck-- to all.

Thanks for clicking in.   xo Judy 

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August 02, 2011
Mazel tov to Judith Robinson for being asked to read her poetry in New York. What a good representative of this area and it's poetry that she is promoting and making us aware of