Archive for the 'Poetry' Category
Click Here to Read: Philip Levine (1928–2015): A poet of working class life and struggle By Dorota Niemitz and Matthew Brennan on the World Socialist Web Site on March 5, 2015.
Phillip Levine, September 2006, photo by David Shankbone
Happy March, everyone! I wish it were Happy Spring, and I hope you’re not still buried in snow as we are here in the Northeastern U.S. It’s hard to believe that Daylight Saving Time begins March 8.
Our poet today is Jill Stein, who lives in the vicinity of Princeton, New Jersey,practices as an individual and couple’s therapist, and is a long-time member of U.S.1 Poets & Writers Cooperative, where I first became acquainted with her work. She has M.S. and is in a wheelchair, which (more…)
We have a most unusual poet for you today. Jan Hutchinson is a lifelong student of poetry who has lived for over thirty years in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, where she raised three daughters and worked for many years at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. The unusual thing about her is her writing method. Poetry,for Jan Hutchinson, is a daily practice which in many ways resembles a (more…)
Click Here to Buy: Close By by Gigi Marks from Silverfish Review Press on the SPD Books Website.
POETRY MONDAY: January 4, 2015
Welcome back, everyone, and Happy New Year!
We have some lovely new poems for you this morning.
Gigi Marks lives in Ithaca, New York. Formerly a professor at Ithaca College, she now works with a range of people, aged 8 to 90 plus, who would like to develop their writing “with craft and authenticity.” Her other interests, she tells us, “are more home-based, with a family who all help to raise gardens, bees, sheep, a couple of goats, and a variety of small mammals.”
Poets as Smugglers: Sutzkever, Kaczerginski, and How the Remnants of the YIVO Archive Reached New York
Monday, January 5 | 6:30pm | Location: YIVO Institute
YIVO-Bard Winter Program on Ashkenazi Civilization Keynote Address
YIVO’s Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar David Fishman tells the dramatic story of how poets Kaczerginski and Sutzkever rescued YIVO’s treasures from the Vilnius Jewish (more…)
Registration still open for YIVO Winter Program on Ashkenazi Civilization — Deadline Extended Through December 31!
Monday, January 5 | 6:30pm | Location: YIVO Institute YIVO-Bard Winter Program on Ashkenazi Civilization Keynote Address (more…)
Click Here to Read: Yiddish Genius in America By Ruth R. Wisse in the Jewish Review of Books in Winter 2015.
Jacob Glatstein. (Courtesy of the Yiddish Book Center.)
Poets as Smugglers: Sutzkever, Kaczerginski, and How the Remnants of the YIVO Archive Reached New YorkThursday, December 18th, 2014
Click Here to Read: Poets as Smugglers: Sutzkever, Kaczerginski, and How the Remnants of the YIVO Archive Reached New York on January 5, 2015.
Abraham Sutzkever, an unidentified man, and Gershon Abramowicz bringing YIVO materials hidden during the war to a new Jewish museum. Vilna, 1944. YIVO Archives.
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…)
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…
YIVO Public Program Video and Audio Archive (more…)