Once again, instead of presenting a new poet, this column needs to pause for memorial. We seem to be losing, in short order, our whole “greatest generation” of American poets. Earlier this year it was Maxine Kumin at 88 and now, at 89, (more…)
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Click Here to Read: In Memory of Sigmund Freud by Sam Alexander on the Modernist Lab at Yale University website.
W.H. Auden in 1939. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten. Source: Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
A Note to Readers:
For those of you who visit the Berkshires — or are considering doing so — you might consider stopping in at the Good Purpose Gallery, Main Street, Lee, MA, on Thursday, October 16th. Our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, and another poet, Jim Kelleher, will be reading from their own work at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Books by Irene Willis will be available at a special discount for those who identify themselves as readers of Poetry Monday. Please do come, and say hello.
Born in Harlingen, New Jersey, a small rural town near Princeton, Norma Sheard began writing as a young girl. Her topics drew upon the landscape of farm and family life, as they do now. A regular contributor to the rich poetry community in and around Princeton, she now lives on Deer Isle, Maine, where she continues to write and to sing in a choir, something she has done for many years. (more…)
What does YIVO want for its birthday? Your ideas!
We’ll tell you a secret. In 2015, YIVO turns 90. Yes, it’s a big birthday, and we’re proud of our work through the years, including some of the exciting things we’ve been working on in just this last year: The Vilna Project, Letters to Afar, the YIVO Digital Archive on Jewish Life in Poland, and of course our Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, along with two terrific public programming seasons. (more…)
Ukrainian Nationalism, Poetry, and the Jews
Tuesday, September 30 | 7:00pm
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On Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko’s bicentennial, distinguished literary scholars Gennady Estraikh (NYU; YIVO), Peter Fedynsky, Amelia Glaser, and Myroslav Shkandrij discuss Shevchenko’s impact on Jewish intellectuals, Ukrainian-Jewish collaboration, and the relationship between poetry and politics. Read more…
This program is sponsored by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. (more…)
Please join us in welcoming Professor Gennady Estraikh of New York University as the first Albert B. Ratner Visiting Scholar in East European Jewish Literature. While in residence at YIVO, he will moderate a public panel on Taras Shevchenko, give a lecture on American Jewish Communist novelist Howard Fast, and teach a course on modernist Yiddish literature in translation.
We invite you to meet Professor Estraikh at a special YIVO Member Reception at 5:30 pm on October 7. Keep up with Professor Estraikh’s activities at YIVO on Facebook, and by following us on Twitter @yivoinstitute. (more…)
Abraham Sutzkever: The Power in Poetry
Wednesday, September 10 | 7:00pm
The Annual Naomi Prawer Kadar Memorial Lecture
Ruth Wisse, Professor Emerita, Harvard University
The Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever came of age in Vilna in the 1920s and 30s when Yiddish poetry was the favored creative outlet of its Jewish youth. For him, poetry-but only if good enough-was more than self-expression, more than beauty and truth: the power of rhyme was the endurance manifest in nature and in the Jewish people. “That is poetry. / Touch it so lightly that you don’t leave a fingerprint.” In this talk, acclaimed literary scholar Ruth Wisse puts Sutzkever’s poetry to his own test. Professor David Roskies delivers introductory remarks. Sponsored by the Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation, Inc. Read more… (more…)
Welcome back from vacation, everyone, and Happy Labor Day! Given what has been happening to labor lately, there’s too much to say about that here, so it will have to be left to the editorial pages. Meanwhile, here is our September poet, Eugene Mahon. (more…)
Song of the Murdered Jewish People:
Looking for the “Real” Yitzkhak Katzenelson
Poet and playwright Yitzkhak Katzenelson (1885-1944) was known chiefly for his work in Hebrew before World War II, especially in Lodz, where he helped found Ha-Bamah ha-‘Ivrit (The Hebrew Stage) Theater Company. But when he was incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto, he turned to Yiddish poetry as a way of reaching more readers. Read more…
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We’re especially delighted this month to bring you a poet from outside the borders of the U.S. Chris Waters, of Devon, U.K., is a free-lance poet/tutor/storyteller who has worked extensively across southwest England with young and adult groups and audiences. Although performance is his forte, he is equally good on the page, as you will see below. His poetry has won several national prizes, including the Bridport, which he won twice. He was also a finalist for the Plough Prize, Devon, and for Poetry Wivenhoe. In 2010 he was Writer-in-Residence at the Appledore Book Festival. (more…)
If any of you are planning to be in the Berkshires this month, our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, will be reading and signing books, together with another Poetry Monday poet, Karen Chase, at the Stanmeyer Gallery/Shaker Dam Coffee House, 2 West Main Street, West Stockbridge. It’s on Thursday, August 14th, at 7:30 p.m. The reading is co-sponsored by upstreet (yes, the lower case is deliberate) magazine and Berkshire Magazine, is free and open to the public, and promises to be both celebratory and delightful. Readers of Poetry Monday will get a special discount for Irene Willis’ books, and she will love saying hello to you in person.
The latest poetry collection by our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and through all bookstores. It’s called “Reminder.” A description and sample poems are on the publisher’s Click here for the Publisher’s website
Click Here to Read: Yeddies fun YIVO: Burning Off the Page: Faith Jones on Celia Dropkin by Leah Falk on the YIVO website.
Charlotte Mandel has published eight books of poetry, the most recent, Life Work from David Robert Books. Previous titles include Rock Vein Sky and Sight Lines from Midmarch Arts Press, and two poem-novellas of feminist biblical revision—The Life of Mary, with foreword by Sandra M. Gilbert, and The Marriages of Jacob. Her verse play, The Gardener’s Wife appears on Verse Wisconsin, with audio. She founded and coordinated the Eileen W. Barnes Award to publish a first book by a woman over forty, and edited Saturday’s Women, co-edited by Rachel Hadas and Maxine Silverman. Her awards include the New Jersey Poets Prize, two fellowships in poetry from New Jersey State Council on the Arts, residencies at art colonies including a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation fellowship at Yaddo. (more…)
Click Here to Read: The art of the metaphor – Jane Hirshfield a Ted Ed Originals Talk on The Ted Website.
Click Here to Read: James Joyce, A New Irish Novelist And his book, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” by John Quinn on the Vanity Fair website in Feburary 24, 1917,
Click Here to Read: Reminder, Poems by Irene Willis on the Word Poetry Books website.
Click Here to Read: 1928-2014: Maya Angelou, writer, performer and participant in the civil rights movement By Isaac Finn and Sandy English on the World Socialist Web Site on June 18, 2014.
Click Here to Read: Maya Angelou, writer and poet, dies at age 86 on this website.
Click Here to Read: Poetry Monday: June 2, 2014 on Maya Angelou on this Website.
On Inaugural Poetry
Few of us who were alive and watching then will forget Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. There were the almost heartbreaking moments as he struggled in bright sunlight to read the text of the poem he had composed for the occasion and then abandoned it and recited from memory a Kennedy favorite, “The Gift Outright,” changing a line at the end to make it, as he said, “more hopeful.” It was thrilling not only to see and hear the great Frost himself but to realize that poetry had become part of our national celebration. (more…)