Dina Ripsman Eylon
Dina Ripsman Eylon, who has her Ph.D. in Post-biblical Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Toronto, was a Lecturer in Modern Hebrew at the University of Toronto. Dina has written extensively on literary theory, feminism, and religion. She is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal. Her monograph Reincarnation in Jewish Mysticism and Gnosticism was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2003.
Dina’s poems were published in Convergence: Poets for Peace, Kinesis, Iranian Jewish Chronicle, Verse Afire and in the anthologies Enchanted Crossroads and Stress(full) Sister(hood). Dina was selected to participate as a guest poet at the 2011 Semana Poetica, held annually by Dickinson College. She was the founder and chair of the Vaughan Poets' Circle, a progressive group of poets. Her published poetry collections include Songs of Love and Misgivings (First Edition, Beret Days Press, 2006); an edited chapbook of political poetry Waging Change: Vaughan Poets Engage in Politics (Poetry Friendly Press, 2007); Kav Ha-ofek Beguf Rishon [On the Horizon in the First Person (Hebrew)]. Tel-Aviv: Eked Publishing, 2011], The Heart of the City and Other Urban Poems (Sisterhood Press, 2011) and a bilingual poetry collection Until Borders Collapse (Sisterhood Press, 2017).
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Songs of Love and Misgivings
by Dina Ripsman Eylon
"Dina Ripsman Eylon's voice is pure lyricism, individualistic and non-conforming. The speaker's quest for love is absolute. Yet, tender words can be cunning, misguiding, the embrace loose ("You Who Left"), and separation finite. The speaker's seemingly naive stance about the existence of love is often contrasted by a deep sense of alienation." (Edith Covensky, Poet, and Prof.)
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