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Nadia Adina Rose
(USSR, 1967)   
Nadia Adina Rose

Nadia Adina Rose is an Israeli poet and artist who was born in Moscow and has lived in Israel since the age of 22. Rose graduated art school in Moscow; she received a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and an MA in Art from Beit Berl College. A multi-disciplinary artist as well as a poet, she sculpts, paints, illustrates books and teaches art. Her first book of poetry, Snow Ink, received the Israeli Minister of Culture Award for debut poets. Her children’s book, And Then the Rhinoceros Began to Fly, has been translated into Portuguese and German. The poet has illustrated more than a dozen Hebrew books and participated in a score of gallery exhibitions.

Rose writes about migration in succinct, minimalistic Hebrew that translates well to English:

here comes the airplane
and when it landed I had
no one left  
                   Landing tr. Hanna Nestieva

"With poetic restraint Rose scatters her biography throughout" Snow Ink,  writes reviewer Shlomit Cohen-Asif in A poet who knows her snow: "a new home and a new landscape, the experience of being uprooted, loss, death. This debut book is dedicated to her sister, Hannah Anya Bondar, who was killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem in 2004."

Since then
my parents haven't spoken
about her.

As if meeting a lover
my father secretly
visits her grave. 

Yet, Cohen-Asif cautions, "The power of Rose's poems, some of which leave the reader open-mouthed, is expressed in the marvelous way she manages to fill the emptiness that has been created. Or, perhaps she does not fill the void, but instead it fills her. Rose does not drag readers into her pain, but shares it with them, along with consolation and reconciliation. In this way loss and absence turn into the possession of something innocent and hopeful."
So with bare hands
I held onto happiness
unable to explain
why it was good.
           [Tr. Irit Sela]

© Lisa Katz

Snow Ink/Dio shel sheleg (poetry) Tel Aviv, Helicon-Afik, 2015.
And Then the Rhinoceros Began to Fly/Veh oz ha karnaf het-heel la oof  (children) Raanana, Even Hoshen 2015. See book cover

In English and other languages
The poet's English web site
Translations into Russian
Translations into Polish
Translations into Ukrainian
In Hebrew
The poet's web site
INTERVIEW Hotem magazine
INTERVIEW National Library

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