Carol Rose's verse shimmers above the landscape of dream and desert, flesh and spirit, revelling in the sensual riches of the Israeli heartland, the body and the thinking heart. Rose exults in the visceral and the verbal, celebrating the resilience of women in Jerusalem and their sisters across faiths and generations. Both brave and brazen, Behind the Blue Gate is a literary manifesto unearthing the voices of those silenced by culture and history and inverting master stories honoured in scripture and myth with startling and liberating imagery - a challenge to both the stereotypical and the sacred. In an effort to reaffirm the bonds between religions, sexes, families and nations Rose redeems the ancient/modern Jerusalem, reconstituting a land, a legacy and a language. In five sections: Whenever I Return, The Crones, There's No Telling, Making Love in the Air and Behind the Blue Gate, Rose reveals herself a poet priestess, illuminating, genuflecting and gesturing to worlds real and imagined which envelope us in luminous strands of time and renewal.