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“Release, Please,” most likely composed in Babylonia in the tenth century, is a plea for strength employing gentleness, or a gentle poem invoking might. Now part of the Sabbath liturgy, it can be read in both straightforward and mystical fashions, as it encodes a forty-two letter name of God within its Hebrew lines.


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

March 2012

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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