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Sisters by Ayelet Tsabari

Ayelet Tsabari has made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize for Sisters.

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Ayelet Tsabari is a Toronto-based author. Her first book was the short story collection The Best Place on Earth. (Jonathan Bloom)

Ayelet Tsabari has made the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize for Sisters.

About Ayelet

Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. Her first book, The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. She is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.

Entry in five-ish words

Sisterly love, secrets and regret

The poem's source of inspiration

"Years ago I spent an amazing summer with my sister who was visiting from Israel, but it was overshadowed by a secret I couldn't bring myself to tell her. I have been plagued by regret over my actions ever since, despite the fact that she'd forgiven me long ago."

First line

I should have told you in that synagogue in Montreal
during our brother's wedding to a girl from Hampstead.
Our entire family had flown over from Israel, unabashed and un-Canadian,
me from Vancouver; you, from your once-in-a-lifetime backpacking trip to India.