Hadassa Tal, laureate of the coveted Leah Goldberg Poetry Award, has published six poetry collections withCarmel andHakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House. Her work has been translated into several languages and she is the subject of a US documentary produced by Truestories. “It is poetry refined as crystal” wrote Bruno Doucey, publisher of Tal’s work in France, where it has now been declared part of the Ministry of Education’s syllabus. Her poems have inspired leading artists in various fields and has been set to music, dance, and visual arts worldwide.
Hadassa Tal’s poetry expresses the inexpressible in stunning collections of poetry. Her poems consider the liminal space between mysticism and the immediate, distilling her poetics in order to voice what is beyond words. Leading literary critic and publisher Uzi Shavit declared her latest book “a book of exceptional quality in Hebrew poetry. The characteristic poetics of Tal assemble in a few lines a rich expanse of patterns, raising it to a philosophical level, while the words are bound into a tight crystal of beauty.” These collections of poetry reconsiders the role of language in expressing deep emotion and the of diversity of feeling felt by people all over the world. Her poetry is nonconforming, radical and hard-hitting both structurally and conceptually.Tal holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature.