“This book is a masterpiece deserving of more than one prize… Hadassa’s greatness as a poet is part and parcel of the fact that she is not, and never has been, part of a movement or group on the local poetry scene. She is a genre unto herself, a poet unto herself. In her work—she has no wish to find favor—the one and only pure effort incanted here is the preservation of an intimate connection with words, rather than letting them slip away into a realm of generalization. In this way, Hadassa has surreptitiously created a rich corpus of struggles with language, of battles to conserve her own authenticity and feelings. These reach a climax, in my opinion, in her latest book, a collection of poetry centered on lamentation for the loss of her daughter. But it is not lamentation that is at the heart of this book, but the question how to write about it without faking a single word.”

Benny Ziffer, Ha’aretz

“A rare and incomparable experiment …a work that tries to express in words a loss that is above any language…in a concise and restrained manner she permeates the heart with sorrow and succeeds through her own language in arriving at a place that is beyond placement.”

Nurit Zarchi

“It is so rare that such a voice comes into the world, and the deepest and widest meaning of the soul of art is manifested. The reader enters a miraculous orchard created from beauty, wisdom and refined pain.”

Lea Snir, Hakibbutz Hameuchad

Tal, whose poetry deals with the abstract space between mysticism and the “immediate, distills her poetics in this book in order to express a pain that is beyond expression, and the result is stunning and heart-breaking. Tal’s ability to stand on the threshold of the real begins with a hellish cry that asks for understanding, and as such is more than just an expression of the distress of an animal left behind. This is a request for meaning …. Tal deals with loss from a very concrete point of view that transcends the anecdotal story. This position enables her to transition from the personal to the existential. Like light falling through a minute crack, her poems contain a thin, highly concentrated philosophical force… she succeeds in achieving the unbelievable out of her own intolerable.".

Bacol Serlui, Makor rishon

“Words that burn at the heart of a line and tear it apart…thank you is not a word for such turbulence and beauty.”

Professor Michal Govrin

”A book of an 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…here the poetics reaches new heights... The poet’s gaze pierces through the yearning a wide spectrum of linguistic forms, drawing from the strata of Hebrew through the ages. Her poetry moves with flexibility through the Zohar, the Talmud, the Bible, through to the Hebrew that is spoken today, infused with unadulterated beauty.”

Prof Uzi Shavit, Hakibbutz Hameuchad

“Poetry that is the handwriting of pain and beauty…these broken poems create an elusive miracle that enables the grasping of that which is ungraspable, the knowing of that which is unknowable.”

Dr. Dana Amir

“Sorrow bursts out with a rare and special force thanks to the art of poetry.”

Professor Meir Sternberg

“The concept of the power of words receives a new dimension here and incredible power. The virtuoso manner in which you sculpt into words feelings such as pain, loss and yearning, arouses intense admiration and touches concealed places within every reader…Many will find an echo in your poems for sensibilities they never managed to formulate for themselves.”

N. Avnet

“Great poetry is not created ex nihilo; it is created from a lack. A word against loss. After all, the pain of writing is both the pain of birth and the pain of death.”

Eyal Shahal

“Perhaps the most beautiful poetry of sorrow I have ever read and not just sorrow…”

N. Glazer

“Wonderful poems”

Tuvia Rivner