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Just Released…The Window That Closes

It’s hard to convey the emotional power of Graham High’s new book, The Window That Closes, which follows his time together with his mother over the last year of her life. Says Fereshteh Sholevar Herrman, a Philadelphia-area reader: “I couldn’t put it down until the last page. I must admit that I cried at the end. I went through the same sorrows that the author of this book did. These haiku are very powerful and tell the dramatic story with beautiful imagery.”

The book, which contains about 40 poems, won the 2012 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook contest. Another contest will be held with a June 1, 2014 deadline. Please click on TLP Haiku Contest to read more about it. Penny Harter, an award-winning free verse and haiku poet, will be the judge of the next contest. To take a look at sample poems and other reviews, please just click on The Window That Closes.

Star of David by Rick Black

Recently, Rick had the honor of reading his award-winning, new poetry collection Star of David in the Hebraic Division of the Library of Congress. He spoke about the genesis of the book and read a number of poems. A webcast of the talk will be available in a couple of months. You can read some of the poems and purchase a copy in our online store here. The collection was recently named one of the top poetry books of 2013 by Split This Rock, a D.C. social justice poetry organization.

Winner of the 2012 Poetica Magazine poetry chapbook contest, Star of David contains a total of 20 poems that grapple with being Jewish today in both America and Israel. A $250 prize comes with the award of the magazine, which specializes in contemporary Jewish poetry and prose. You can read judge Claudia Mazur’s comments here. Cover art of Star of David by Tonya Mower Zitman.

The Amichai Windows

Meanwhile, we continue our work on The Amichai Windows and plan on starting a blog to detail the process of this three-year long project which is finally coming to fruition. The book will feature 18 of Yehuda Amichai’s poems, each one dealing with a different view of life in Israel today and illustrated with archival photos and original artwork, including hand papercuts by Deborah Band. We will only be producing 18 copies of this book, each poem letterpressed and featured in its own protective triptych covering.

Amichai was one of the greatest poets that Israel has produced in modern times.

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso

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At Turtle Light Press, it is our mission to help you regain a sense of calm and peacefulness through beautifully handmade books, fine art prints, digital paintings and an array of note cards, including sumi-e note cards and Jewish note cards. Whether it’s a gift to yourself or another, you will thank yourself for doing so – and we would like to thank you.

Sign up for our newsletter by using our contact form and we’ll send you a free note card to cherish. For us, it is about the love of the craft — combining words and graphics to create artwork and books that will resonate for you in a deep way. To learn more about our artwork, please view our store gallery and services!

If you would like, you can take a break here from the fast-paced information highway by reading a haiku poem, admire a Japanese sumi-e ink painting, or read about one of our musician  note cards. Have any questions? We would be glad to be in touch through our e-mail or by phone at 908-227-7951.


Want to have a memoir writing workshop or a Hebrew poetry reading? A haiku program on Nick Virgilio or a bookmaking workshop? Or a talk about what it’s like to be a reporter and poet in Israel? Take a look at some of our talks/workshops and let us know how we can be of help to your group or organization. We are located in Arlington, VA, and are particularly open to doing talks/workshops in the Washington, D.C. vicinity.

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