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  • Poem: Death March, 1945

    December 30, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    “There was a muddy ditch at the side of the road
    where the road took a sudden turn. If I could jump —.”
    Five Muselmänner abreast, the trekking dead,
    skeletons on the march to some other camp.
    “I came up with a plan: If it wasn’t already too late,
    if the weather held, if the...

  • Poem: The Revised Version

    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 the shore of speech.

    1:3 And he cried, Yehí! Let-it-be!
    1:4 From his own breath he fashioned

  • Poem: The Little Ice Age

    June 11, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    Europe shivered for centuries in the Little Ice Age.

    Rivers froze; crops failed;

    people chewed on pine bark, begged             

    the stubborn heavens for mercy;                                  


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

    January 9, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    Great anticipation and much pleasure always accompany the release of a new book of poetry by a major poet. This certainly is the case for Chana Bloch's “Swimming in the Rain, New and Selected Poems 1980-2015” (Autumn House Press). The book includes 29 new poems and includes...

  • Poetic justice for controversial Israeli writer

    January 5, 2011 | 10:01 am

    Best friends Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld argue occasionally. Most often their disputes involve commas, line breaks and word connotations.

    Bloch and Kronfeld work together to translate Hebrew poetry, including “Hovering at a Low Altitude,” the collected works of late Israeli...