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A Jewish Cult Poet and His Famous Anti-Semitic Friend

By On May 17, 2017

If you’re familiar with Ezra Pound, the king of modernist poetry, then you’re probably aware of his notorious anti-Semitism. What you might not know is that a Jewish Marxist poet with a… Read More


Leonard Cohen’s Vacation in Castro’s Cuba

By On November 29, 2016

November marked the deaths of two very different public figures: Canadian-Jewish singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. But for two months in 1961, two years after the Castro-led 1959 revolution,… Read More


The Aussie Divorcee Who Wrote Poetry About Lower East Side Jews

By On September 2, 2016

By the time Lola Ridge really got started, most women of her era might have given up: In 1907, as a 33-year-old divorcee, she left Australia, the land of her youth, for… Read More

Lilith Speaks

Through These Poems, Biblical Temptress Lilith Speaks

By On January 13, 2016

The biblical figure Lilith has been called a temptress, a “dark maid” and a feminist poster child. In a lot of Jewish folklore, Lilith is created as Adam’s first wife. She refuses… Read More


The Controversial Israeli Poet Who Was Almost Overlooked

By On November 24, 2014

“…by the power of my yearnings/ I am in the family./ And if I will not yearn,/ I am not in the family.” So wrote Avot Yeshurun (1904-1992), an Israeli poet who… Read More

The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag

The Young Israeli Poet In Palestinian Drag

By On October 28, 2014

Growing up in Tel Aviv, Morani Kornberg-Weiss only encountered the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine’s national poet, by chance. As a “voice from the other side,” Darwish seemed to speak to her… Read More

"My Cruel Land": A Poet's View of Loss

“My Cruel Land”: An Israeli Poet Discovers Loss

By On September 5, 2014

  For most of Israel’s existence, the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea has been discussed as the site of human conflict. But with the poem that opens the latest… Read More


Meat Heart

By On May 8, 2012

“God loves my hair,” writes Melissa Broder in “Ciao Manhattan,” a poem in which Broder and her Creator seem to hang out, flirt, and dress up in party clothes. In another poem, “Leah,” Broder’s biblical protagonist runs away… Read More


Was Shakespeare This Jewish Woman?

By On April 17, 2012

Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare’s plays? According to many modern scholars, the answer is no–at least, not completely. In 1600s England, it was common to share or borrow pieces of plays for one’s “original” compositions. In recent… Read More


The Poetry of Leaving Egypt

By On April 3, 2012

At the center of Passover is the seder. And at the center of the seder is a story: Maggid, just one of 14 steps to the seder, but the one that takes up the majority of the… Read More


The Talmud of Jazz

By On January 2, 2012

Jake Marmer is the self-described offspring of Woody Allen and Bob Marley–driven by the opposing twin forces of being uptight (Allen) and mellow (Marley). Marmer writes poems that are autobiographical and dreamlike, telling at once… Read More


T.S. Eliot Vs. the Jews

By On December 28, 2011

Last month, the writer Emanuel Litvinoff died at the age of 96. Litvinoff wrote poetry, a memoir, and several novels. But history might remember him most for one poem, “To T.S. Eliot,” a lambasting and inspired statement… Read More