Who is the poet Pelosi recited in her Roe vs. Wade reaction?

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe vs. Wade, which opens the door for states to ban abortions, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) addressed the media with a statement that turned related to a poem.

“Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court achieved its dark, extreme goal of depriving a woman of the right to make her own reproductive health decisions,” Pelosi noted. “As Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will continue to fight bitterly to enshrine Roe vs. Wade in the state’s law.”

Pelosi said she was “overwhelmed” by the court’s decision, citing the poem “I Have No Other Country” by Israeli poet Ehud Manor, whose writings Pelosi often turns to in times of dispute.

“I have no other land though my land is burning/ Just a word of Hebrew runs through my veins, my soul/ With an aching body and with a hungry heart/ Here is my home,” Pelosi recited. “I will not be silent, for my country has changed its face/ I will not forsake her/ I will remind her and sing in her ear/ Until she opens her eyes.”

Pelosi ended her public statements by saying, “We certainly hope that the Supreme Court will open its eyes.”

Manor, the poem’s author, was an Israeli poet, lyricist, translator and media personality who received the 1998 Israel Prize, the country’s highest cultural award, for his contributions to Israeli music.

As a songwriter, he has written more than 1,000 Hebrew songs, including “Abanibi”, winner of the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, and translated hundreds of songs into Hebrew, including the soundtracks of major musicals such as “Cabaret”, “Les Misérables” and “Hair”. He died in 2005.

This is not the first time Pelosi has responded to world events with poetry, or even the first time she has quoted this particular poem.

Pelosi too referred to the poemthese are actually the lyrics to a song Manor wrote in 1982, also titled “I Have No Other Country”.

On St. Patrick’s Day at the White House holiday celebration, Pelosi recited a poem by U2’s Bono in which he compared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to St. Patrick.

“Ireland’s sorrow and pain is now Ukraine,” Pelosi read. “And St. Patrick’s name is now Zelensky.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-24/roe-vs-wade-nancy-pelosi-poem-reaction-ehud-manor Who is the poet Pelosi recited in her Roe vs. Wade reaction?

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