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  • Poem: Jewish Holiday Tattoos

    6 days ago

    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 to mark each other with
    flags of Israel, six-pointed stars, arks, torahs.
    They were funny, we thought, as we sat down

  • Poet ponders what transpired after photographer’s shutter clicked

    1 week ago

    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 August Sander” (Other Press), shows two young women in high-necked blouses gazing at the camera over cups of morning coffee. One sits...

  • Poem: Terezin

    2 weeks ago

    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’ knoll,
    the executioner’s chiseled wall,
    to see the Ohre’s shores rivering out
    to wag the Elbe’s long tail,
    and hurried through...

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

    3 weeks ago

    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: Ocean Parkway at Night

    October 15, 2015 | 10:33 am

    Rabbis feed pastrami to their worries.
    A truck’s horn won’t stop carping.
    Pale kiosk lights refuse death.
    Houses choke together
    without lawns. Avenues tangle
    without reason, and the elevated
    bowels of the subway drip
    sparks on an underworld of streets,
    where station wagons...

  • Poem: Ritual

    August 27, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Is it for our smiling faces
    that she gets up at seven on Fridays to put an apron on
    and stand in front of a hot stove, even in the summer heat
    when the air conditioner’s not working well, even when
    her ankle is swollen and her medicine is making her throat dry
    and her body...

  • Janice Silverman Rebibo, American-born Israeli poet, dies at 65

    March 16, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Janice Silverman Rebibo, an acclaimed American-born Israeli poet, has died.

    Rebibo, of Brookline, Mass., and Rehovot, Israel, died on March 11 following a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 65.

    She was known for her bold, vivid and often humorous poetic voice in English and...

  • I Love You Shane Koyczan

    By Ilana Angel

    February 21, 2013 | 6:53 am

    A friend of mine shared this video on Facebook and I have watched it a dozen times, just this morning.  I had no idea who Shane was, but in watching this video I have done a little research and discovered that Shane Koyczan is remarkable.  Watch this  video.  It is important, it is beautiful, and it matters.  Everyone should see it, share it, understand it, and learn from it.

    To Shane, I fell in love with you this morning.  

    I am a fan, and I am keeping the faith.

  • Israeli author ousted from panel

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 7, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    Israeli author Moshe Sakal was deemed “not crucial” to a panel discussion on the Arab Spring at a literary conference in Marseille and was kicked out of the roundtable discussion according to Haaretz.  The request to remove Sakal came from the Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish who...

  • Survivor is Back and There Might be Pot!

    By Ilana Angel

    September 15, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    The best thing about Big Brother ending is it means Survivor is starting.  I love this show and for the past few years I look forward to it with hope they will shake it up and give us something new and fresh.  I loved Russell and having him back was enough to keep me interested, but...

  • Philip Levine named U.S. poet laureate

    August 10, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1995, has been named the 18th poet laureate of the United States.

    The appointment of Levine, who at 83 is one of the oldest poet laureates, was announced Wednesday by Librarian of Congress James Billington.

    Levine, of Fresno, Calif., is the...

  • Chasidic poet blends sacred, mundane in acclaimed debut

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 10, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Surely the most unusual title among the finalists in the poetry category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes is “God’s Optimism” by Yehoshua November (Main Street Rag, $14). After all, the rarefied world of poetry rarely encounters a Chasidic poet who declares that his...

  • Excerpt: ‘Proust Was a Neuroscientist’

    By Jonah Lehrer

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Walt Whitman

    The Substance of Feeling

    The poet writes the history of his own body.

    -- Henry David Thoreau

    For Walt Whitman, the Civil War was about the body. The crime of the Confederacy, Whitman believed, was treating blacks as nothing but flesh, selling them and buying them like...

  • Peter Cole receives MacArthur ‘genius award’ for poetry

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Poet, translator and publisher Peter Cole is among the 24 recipients of the 2007 MacArthur Foundation fellowships, or genius awards, as they are popularly known. The no-strings-attached award, honoring creativity, includes a $500,000 stipend that is paid quarterly over five years....
  • The Arrogant Poet You Love to Hate

    By Robert David Jaffee

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In "Pound of Flesh," at the Odyssey Theater, Ezra Pound spars with Pvt. Cooper, a young soldier who keeps him company while he awaits trial in Italy for his crimes of treachery against the United States in World War II. If this private is not Pound's intellectual match, he more than...

  • Maseng of Many Hats

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somebody must have perfected human cloning, because no way is Danny Maseng just one person.

    When the singer-songwriter-guitarist-actor-poet-dramatist-lay rabbi-teacher-visionary, who will headline the Fund for Reform Judaism's annual fundraiser at Temple Isaiah in Rancho Park on...