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The Evening Before My 65th Birthday

by Lawrence Bush Here’s what I thought about, the evening before my 65th birthday: About dancing. She told me about the people she knows who dance at home but not in public. About old people. She held my forearm and showed me how she dances with people in wheelchairs. Everyone should have a dancer at […]

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Channel Esther: “Catch”

by Esther Cohen Yesterday sitting next to Howard Aaron at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor (go there if you haven’t already) he described visiting his mother in Mount Sinai Worst food ever he said But on the counter was a big sign: Catch of the Day. Someone wrote underneath Dr. Levine in Pediatrics.   […]

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Three Political Poems

IN HONOR OF BERNIE SANDERS by Anna Wrobel ON TUESDAY November 29th, on Democracy Now, Amy Goodman broadcast her interview with Bernie Sanders, who was relaxed yet animated, analytical and warm, serious and funny, a fully human mentsh displaying his usual coherence in his presentation of economic and social principles. Whether these principles be obvious […]

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November 10: Poet Laureate Shapiro

Karl Jay Shapiro, the fifth Poet Laureate of the U.S. (1946-47), was born in Baltimore on this date in 1913. His book, V-Letter and Other Poems, written while was serving in the Pacific during World War II, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1945. (V-letters were letters written by American soldiers and microfilmed by […]

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Paul Celan as Existentialist Poet

THE COMPLEX BEAUTY OF HIS LATE POEMS by Marc Jampole from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry, by Paul Celan, translated from the German by Pierre Joris. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014, 736 pages. MOST PEOPLE know poets by one or two poems […]

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October 23: Pasternak’s Nobel Prize

Russian novelist Boris Pasternak, the son of artists, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on this date in 1958 “for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition,” said the Nobel Committee. Pasternak had published Dr. Zhivago, his only prose novel, the year before, […]

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