Jewish Journal

After Life

by Rachel M. Simon

July 2, 2013 | 11:27 am

Every time we mention the dead
I feel their weight on the mattress
indentations — never been flipped.

My pores have forgotten the garlic.

When you die before Americans
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  • A poem by Emily Kagan Trenchard

    by Emily Kagan Trenchard

    June 26, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    My Bubbie mumbles a Yiddish invective every time I mention

    getting some new item for the baby not yet born:

    the crib, a blanket, a book case.

    I can’t argue her out of the world she knows.

    There is no word in Yiddish for the small

    whooshing sound of a heartbeat on a...

  • Religion

    by Esther Cohen

    June 19, 2013 | 3:40 pm

    I wish I could become a Buddhist,
    Accept how life is
    Wish everyone well.
    Too late too Jewish
    For that.

    From “God Is a Tree” (Pleasure Boat Studio)

    Esther Cohen is a poet, cultural activist, novelist and book doctor. She lives in New York.

  • Abraham

    by Bill Yarrow

    June 12, 2013 | 6:14 pm

    I came late to sunrise. The hills were lit
    with goats. Everything shimmered in
    small steps. I closed my eyes.

    The Kinneret sits back in its water
    waiting to be made to shine.
    My blood is like the sea.

    Jerusalem against the sun. People
    draw lots for the shadows
    and put...

  • Sravana

    by Carly Sachs

    June 6, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    for Sylvia

    Let the coffee pot and the crows,
    let the car horns and the upstairs neighbors,
    let the blow dryer and the bombs
    going off in your brain, let the meditation bell
    or the telephone be what wakes you up.
    Sweetheart, you do not need to be
    more than you are.
    Let the...

  • What I Married Into

    by Barbara Rockman

    May 29, 2013 | 4:54 pm

    Salt into meat
    browned briefly.
    Carrots, paprika, potatoes.
    As it is written on her greased page.
    I sing Dayenu, improvise verses
    as I churn the soup.
    Meal of bitter herbs I married
    into. Chopped apples and cinnamon.
    Matzos wrapped in linen.
  • Visionary revisionary

    by Jake Marmer

    May 22, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    saw it all in the mirror

    of the chlorinated pool

    world’s swimming under-painting

    you in it

    as moving


    future-to-past, a fugue;

    if not

    what you’d call

    a God

    then a name

    a fear –

    of being –


    Jake Marmer is a poet and performer. His debut collection, “Jazz Talmud,” was published by the Sheep Meadow Press earlier this year. For more information, see jakemarmer.wordpress.com

  • Here Today

    by Esther Cohen

    May 15, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    God is here today
    She is a spectacular god,
    Good company and magnificence. She sings, barks,
    And is an able contortionist (she learned this in India.)
    She does splits when you don’t expect them,
    Has a big vocabulary, is part Jewish
    Part Buddhist part wind.
    She plays...

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