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Poem: Mold

by Matthue Roth

October 3, 2013 | 4:53 pm

Photo by Keisotyo

When Noah prayed
You sent him a flood
and charged him with the safety
of all animal life.

What I got was rain.
I forgot to wash my shirt
so it grew mold.

In every generation
the holy men we have
stand on different levels.
We all get the hero
we deserve.

On behalf of mold
— and on behalf of my wife,
who loves when I do laundry —
I will try
to be worthy.

  • Untitled

    by Joy Ladin

    September 24, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    Yes, it’s true, I’ve lost
    The world you gave me,
    The blue and luminous world,
    Round as a marble,
    In which, if I squinted,
    I could always see you
    Shimmering in slow oxbows,
    Mirroring the river’s
    Mallard iridescence, sketching your face
    In castellated clouds
    And sidewalk...

  • Gospel of the Golem of Los Angeles

    by Tony Barnstone

    September 18, 2013 | 11:57 am

    The students glisten with youth. Every one of them is beautiful.

    The world has yet to enter them and breathe away their souls.

    I want to be like the children, but I am dirt and clay.

    I woke one day and told myself, Stand up and walk like a man!

    I raised my dust up out of...

  • Cracking the Sky

    by Carol V. Davis

    September 11, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    It’s time to talk about grief
    as if the mere mention could
    crack the sky leaving the stars
    to break through shattering
    afternoon’s complacency.
    As if at a preordained hour
    all the lovers of the world
    will stand still, like the minute
    of remembrance for the dead,
    then turn...

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  • Letter to the Lord

    by Joy Ladin

    September 3, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    Lord quite innocent of what it is to live
    bound in paper, bound in steel,
    bound in the incredible ignorance supplied
    by irony and suffering — how are You?
    I regret that I am unable to see You, wrapped as I am in time,
    soiled and sickened by personal situations,
    unable to find...

  • Psalm

    by Alicia Ostriker

    August 28, 2013 | 11:06 am

    like a skin on milk
    I write to you
    I hurl the letters of your name
    onto every page, one and many
    I know you are reading over my shoulder
    look each of us possesses a book of life
    each attempts to read what the other has scripted
    in these almost illegible letters tipped by...

  • Poem: Talking Jerusalem

    by David Gershator

    August 21, 2013 | 4:54 pm

    Yes, I hear talk
    as I walk the Old City
    from Jaffa Gate
    to Damascus Gate
    from Herod’s Gate
    to the Lions’ Gate
    from Zion Gate
    to the Dung Gate
    I hear talk about dividing
    Jerusalem from Jerusalem
    they’re at it again
    dividing again
    dividing the heart
    dividing the brain...

  • Return to the Stone of Losses

    by Joy Ladin

    August 14, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    for Rachel Tzivia Back, U. of Minnesota Symposium
    on Jewish American Poetry, Feb. 17, 2013

    We stood as she instructed around the stone of losses,
    declared what we had found
    and waited for other Jews to claim it.

    Centuries inspected us: had we fallen
    out of their pockets?...

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