Jewish Journal

Chana Bloch’s new poems on art, life and the old world

by Carol V. Davis

January 9, 2015 | 2:51 pm

“Swimming in the Rain, New and Selected Poems 1980-2015” by Chana Bloch (Autumn House Press). Image is cover of book.

Great anticipation and much pleasure always accompany the release of a new book of poetry by a major poet. This certainly is... read full article

  • Poem: Meet Me (Breathless)

    by Hadara Bar-Nadav

    January 7, 2015 | 11:14 am

    on the corner of sky and lamppost. I will look for you so wear your eyes. Wear your face that has slept in curls. I will breathe the tulip scent of your...

  • Poem: Small Antiques

    by Miriam Ulinover, (killed in Auschwitz, 1944)

    December 17, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Once there were three girls beautiful as gold,

    who bragged about the rare antiques each of them did hold;

    “I have a little head scarf,” one boasted...

  • Poem: Sticks and Stones

    by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 17, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis wrote this poem about genocide on the eve of the High Holy Days earlier this year. He submitted it now as a reminder that...

  • Poem: Yeshiva in the Pale, January, 1892

    by Floyd Skloot

    December 11, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    Early morning, as Cossacks on horseback

    circled the old wooden synagogue, chants

    seeped out like smoke through the walls. Black

    hatted elders...

  • Poem: Climbing

    by Yehoshua November

    November 19, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    This morning,

    in the small basement shul,

    amidst several Chassidic students lost in prayer,

    I looked up from my siddur

    to see a man in worker’s...

  • Poem: Isaac’s Body

    by Hilene Flanzbaum

    November 12, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    The Lord took note of Sarah as He had promised, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.

              -Genesis 21:1

    From the beginning she had not...

  • Poem: Elegy for a Child Who Fell

    by George Ellenbogen

    November 5, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    This fallen child, whose empty eyes

    mourning could not harmonize,

    nor the reaching requiem

    contain the wood enclosing him

    slips from the circled reach of eyes

    without a jolt, without surprise,

    whose stuttered step has stumbled in

    to words that now embroider him.

    Published in Blue Unicorn magazine.

    George Ellenbogen is the author of five collections of poetry and a memoir, “Stone in My Shoe: In Search of Neighborhood.”

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