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Notes: 

The poems attributed to Ya’akov HaKohen are taken from a longer prayer that Scholem describes as “a mysterious hymn.” It employs symbolism characteristic of the Kabbalah of its day, including mention of the kelippot—shards, shells, or husks that embody the forces of evil in the world.

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This poem originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

March 2012

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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