Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, musician, composer, performer and Torah teacher. She is one of the first poets featured on the lyw Youtube channel who dips directly and deeply into religion. In these featured pieces you will find some very nice, sharp balances : the big story – fragmented; a guide to life made personal, individual and introspective; ancient echoes of the past aligned with a modern life.
The poem, Florida, especially rang this way for me. At first, it seems a simple poem about an individual and common feeling of longing, however, now I consider it a look at a society that has learned to desire shiny baubles in such a profound way.
In the second poetry video, Ancient Studies: Coliseum Ghosts, the poet seems to be reconciling ancient wisdom with modern reality. I do not know the Torah and it is clear she writes about something very specific. But what did I find in this poem? A quiet character thinking about how time stretches connects her present life to old wisdom and how well they align. Also, I easily indulged the poem to be that of a writer, like myself, trying to write worth her salt today while minding the legacy of the masters before her. It’s a fine balance to learn from your masters and also have the courage to be your own.
I invite you to please enjoy these two poetry videos on the lyw Youtube channel your way.
1. Florida – Alicia Jo Rabins
2. Ancient Studies: Coliseum Ghosts – Alicia Jo Rabins