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Poem: Echo Locating

by M.E. Silverman

5 days ago

Photo from the cover of “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (2013)

If you are lucky

you will find your echo,

not the cartoon version,

perched on a canyon’s edge

with the empty yelling

& cheeks like apples,

but the space that extends you,

fills the void

& becomes you

the way twigs return to a tree,

nest-warm.


First published in “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (2013).

M.E. Silverman is poetry editor at Blue Lyra Review and review editor of Museum of Americana and author of the chapbook “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (ELJ Press, 2013).

  • Poem: Souvenir

    by Jehanne Dubrow

    2 weeks ago

    In Kraków’s marketplace, the kiosks vend             
    carved men at thirty złotys each:  a Jew                 
    who grips the Torah in his wooden...

  • Poem: In my hands

    by Simkha Shayevitch

    3 weeks ago

    In my hands I lift

    the goblet of red wine

    in the middle of a field

    up toward the sky

    and bless the red strength

    that flames

    like a torch

    in dark

    bony hands.


    “In My Hands” is translated by Sarah Traister Moskovitz. The poem is from the Ringelblum Archives and appears in poetryinhell.org

    Simkha Shayevitch died 1944 in Auschwitz of typhoid. He was one of the best-known poets in the Lodz Ghetto and his poetry was popular throughout Jewish Poland.

  • Poem: The Little Ice Age

    by Chana Bloch

    June 11, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    Europe shivered for centuries in the Little Ice Age.

    Rivers froze; crops failed;

    people chewed on pine bark, begged             

    the stubborn...

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  • Ecclesiastes

    by Marcela Sulak

    May 27, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Katamon, Jerusalem

    It’s so nice to be pretty and wearing polka dots
    on a swinging dress with a small cinched waist
    pushing a blue-eyed child through...

  • A Lollipop for E.P.

    by Joshua Weiner

    May 20, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Stuck a Chupa Chup into the ground

    Beside the grave of Ezra Pound

    Then jumped aboard the vaporetto

    To lose myself in the Jewish ghetto

    Looking for the synagogue

    That kept moving in the Venice fog

    Like an apparition in the crowd

    Where Jews were sometimes allowed.


    Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry; his most recent book is “The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish.”  He lives in Washington, D.C.

  • The New Egypt

    by Robin Becker

    May 13, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    I think of my father who believes
    a Jew can outwit fate by owning land.
    Slave to property now, I mow
    and mow, my destiny the new Egypt.
    From his...

  • Poem: Bailout Package

    by David Lehman

    May 7, 2015 | 3:45 pm

    They paid the farmer not to farm.

    They told the surgeon to do no harm.

    They paid the parishioner not to pray.

    They paid the piano player not to...

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