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Political Asylum



Political Asylum

Neutralized Liliths,
nurturing and surrendering
to mind-numbing gas,
lacerated by marital barbed - wire
in front of them,
in their attempt
to extricate themselves
from fixating all their resources
on a man whose reign
is pinned down
by black-clad fathers;
for three thousand shekels
someone ready to listen
to incriminating evidence
can always be found,
and more than one policeman
sneaks a hand on
a woman’s knee, under
the garment of her flight,
at night,
in the police car
"to comfort you".

About this poem

I wrote the poem when I was a volunteer at the first battered women's shelter in Haifa, Israel, in 1977. The poem is based on a true case of a battered woman, who called the police for help - but was mistreated by a policeman.

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Nurit Kahana

Nurit Kahana is a published, award winning feminist poet from Haifa, Israel. Since childhood, reading the classics and writing have always formed a large part of her life. The miraculous process of creating fiction out of reality, poetry and daily life - is one of her main interests. Nurit has published three poetry books in Hebrew, the first of which was sponsored by the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts and the third, "LONDONITY"', was published in 2015 by the Carmel- Emda Hadasha publishing House. Nurit worked as a journalist in the Israeli national press, ("Haaretz") and as a spokesperson. The first- ever published articles in the Israeli national press about violence against women and sexual harassment were written by her, already during the seventies. She publishes articles on-line. She holds an MA in Political Science from Haifa University, Israel. More about Nurit’s poetry – on “POETIC” website: https://www.poetic.co.il more…

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