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  • Poem: Again, These Blintzes

    by Philip Terman

    December 3, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    Months ago you rolled the thin pancakes around
    the cottage cheese and froze them for this December
    morning, as the sun glistens the ice crusted...

  • Poem: Jewish Holiday Tattoos

    by Susan Terris

    November 24, 2015 | 11:57 am

    The blue dove on my wrist — shadow of wing
    with an olive branch floating above:

    from the last night of Chanukah, when we used
    Jewish Holiday Tattoos...

  • Poet ponders what transpired after photographer’s shutter clicked

    by Darcy Vebber

    November 24, 2015 | 10:38 am

    The 1913 photograph by August Sander on the cover of Adam Kirsch’s third book of poetry, “Emblems of the Passing World: Poems After Photographs by...

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  • Poem: Terezin

    by James Ragan

    November 18, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    With my hair soot red
    as coals above my grandfather’s bones,
    buried near the poems of Desnos,
    I hurried through the Gate of Death,
    up the gallows’...

  • Poem: On Her Deathbed, Bessie Beckoned My Mother Close

    by Patty Seyburn

    November 11, 2015 | 11:50 am

    Once, a pocket was not attached to a woman’s clothing,
    but tied around
    her waist with a string or tape.

    It would contain cellar keys, a paper of pins, a packet of seeds, a baby’s bib,
    a hank of yarn or a Testament.

    Or enough money to be buried,
    so she would not burden her family.


    Published in "5AM," Spring 2006

    Patty Seyburn has published four books of poems. Her most recent is “Perfecta” (What Books Press, 2014). She is an associate professor at CSU Long Beach.

  • Poem: Limen

    by Jehanne Dubrow

    November 5, 2015 | 11:15 am

    I think of my mother’s family, circa 1936 — folding Warsaw and Berlin in their steamer trunks, beneath prayer shawls, pictures of the dead. That,...

  • Poem: The Revised Version

    by Chana Bloch

    October 28, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    1:1 God hovered over the welter and waste
          on the face of the deep.

    1:2 His brooding condensed
          in droplets of light
          and conceived...

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