Reruns

A poem by Jessica de Koninck Right in the living room Jack Ruby whips out a pistol and shoots Lee Harvey Oswald who doubles over, falls to the floor. Again and again the scene repeats in black and white. Anchormen in light

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Shaul Tchernikhovsky

Hebrew poet Shaul Tchernikhovsky, twice awarded Israel’s Bialik Prize for Literature, was born in Russian Empire on this date in 1875. He became a doctor in 1906 and served as a medical officer in World War I. In 1931 he settled in Palestine, where he would work as doctor for the Tel Aviv schools while writing poetry […]

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Celia Dropkin’s Scintillating Poems

Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin died at 68 on this date in 1956. Born and educated in the Russian Empire, she was active in Yiddish circles in New York as a poet and fiction writer while raising five children. Her “explicitly sexual imagery and themes,” writes Kathryn Hellerstein at the Jewish Women’s Archive, ” . . . redefined the ways modern Yiddish poetry could […]

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Wordsworth’s “A Jewish Family”

On this date in 1828, William Wordsworth (1770-1850), his daughter Dora, and their friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge encountered a Jewish family while walking along the Rhine River in the Rhineland (Germany). Wordsworth wrote a poem about the encounter, “A Jewish Family,” which he revised and published in 1835. The poem is “sympathetic and appreciative, yet he idealizes the […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Reading to Baby Bolsheviks

by Mitchell Abidor Discussed in this essay: The Fire Horse by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Osip Mandelstam, and Daniil Kharms, translated by Eugene Ostashevsky. The New York Review’s Children’s Collection, 2017.   THE SOVIET UNION sought to turn babies into Bolshevik babies. Schools were, of course, a key element in this, as were the various youth organizations. But as in […]

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Socking It to T.S. Eliot

Poet Emanuel Litvinoff, who criticized T.S. Eliot’s antisemitism in a poem, “To T.S. Eliot,” which he read in 1951 to a crowd that included the 1948 Nobel Laureate, was born in London on this date in 1915. Litvinoff wrote several volumes of poetry as well as novels that dealt with Jewish immigrant life in East […]

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Robert Cooperman, from Alley to Continental Pass

by James E. Cherry Robert Cooperman has published fifteen poetry collections, most recently Just Drive (Brick Road Poetry Press), and has appeared frequently with poems in Jewish Currents. His In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains (Western Reflections Books) won the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Cooperman received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. His […]

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