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Poem: Lay Back the Darkness

by Edward Hirsch

2 days ago

Photo is from shutterstock.com

My father in the night shuffling from room to room

on an obscure mission through the hallway.

Help me, spirits, to penetrate... read full article

  • Like a Miracle

    by Zusman Segalovitch (survived the Holocaust; died in New York after immigrating)

    1 week ago

    And still it is beautiful as a miracle
    This rosy twig of lilac…
    Even in our days
    of evil, terror and dread.

    Even in our street
    when hate swells...

  • Poem: Death Fugue (Echo) after Stefan George

    by Charles Bernstein

    2 weeks ago

    In wind’s web

    Was my fate,

    In trauma’s eye,

    In only a smile

    As you gave

    At moist midnight

    When your glance ignited.

    Now Mays drone on:

    ...
  • Observance

    by Elaine Terranova

    3 weeks ago

    The folded wax paper cylinder
    of salt accompanying my hard-boiled egg
    and hard cardboard bookends of matzoh,
    lavishly buttered.

           ...

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  • Poem: How to Make a Jewish Marriage 1949

    by Rachel Mennies

    March 26, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Beware the grinding fist, the blanched knuckle, the outstretched hand.
    Beware the man who takes any girl’s face between his hands.

    The laughing man —...

  • Poem: The Hebrew Word for Mysticism is the Same as To Receive

    by Joy Gaines-Friedler

    March 18, 2015 | 4:02 pm

    I was walking across the parking lot

    morning smell of lilacs

    when a girl fell like a bird

                             shot.

    Blood splayed from her...

  • Poem: Pursuit

    by Myra Sklarew

    March 11, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Like the deer stag in my garden

    who batters his head with his hind leg

     

    to free himself from a huge poplar branch

    caught in the great crown of...

  • Poem: The History of the Date

    by Marcela Sulak

    March 4, 2015 | 4:01 pm

    Those aren’t wrinkles, merely places where

    the skin is burrowing to lick her own

    dark sweetness. Since her body’s fashioned from

    the clay...

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