Archive for the 'Poetry' Category


Monday, February 1st, 2016



Here we are, deep into the winter of the big snows in strange places and very little in the usual places, (sorry, New York), and ready once more to think about poetry.

Lucille Clifton was not only a famous African-American poet but one of our greatest and most memorable American poets. Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985, she was a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz,  Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland,  a visiting professor at Columbia University, and in 2006 a fellow at (more…)

Holes in the Door Posts, Poem by Eugene Mahon

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Through the holes
In the doorposts
You can see
Peering back at you
If you dare to see
What survives
What wouldn’t be
Cast no cold eye
Put your ear
To the holes in the doorposts
The screams that you hear
Are your own.
–Eugene Mahon

Click Here to Read: Witnessing the death of Yiddish language and culture: Holes in the Doorposts by Arnold Richards. (more…)


Monday, January 4th, 2016



William Jay Smith

Remembering William Jay Smith ( 1918-2015)

Happy New Year, everyone — meaning, really, that we hope 2016 will be a better year on many fronts than 2015 was. On the poetry front, we lost another member of the greatest generation. William Jay Smith died last August in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at the age of 97, after having lived for many years in Cummington, Massachusetts, near his good friend, Richard Wilbur. You may have read Smith’s obituary in the New York Times and elsewhere, but if you are interested in knowing more about his  life, you may also want to read his two memoirs, Army Brat (Persea Books, 1982) and Dancing in the Garden: A Bittersweet Love Affair with France (Bay Oak Publishers, Ltd., 2008).

Shortly after the publication of his new memoir, we featured him on these pages. It was for  November 2008, during our own first year. We remember him now with a renewed sense of loss and a reprise of that post.

Irene Willis
Poetry Editor


William Jay Smith

William Jay Smith, as many of you already know, is one of America’s greatest poets, translators and literary critics.  He was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (the position now known as Poet Laureate) from 1968-1970 (more…)

Evgeny Kissin Will Indulge His Love of Yiddish Poetry at Carnegie Hall

Monday, December 14th, 2015


Click Here to Read: Evgeny Kissin Will Indulge His Love of Yiddish Poetry at Carnegie Hall By Vivien Schweitzer in The New York Times on December 13, 2015.

Evgeny Kissin, shown in Central Park, will play works by Jewish composers and recite poetry Wednesday at Carnegie Hall. Credit Sasha Arutyunova for The New York Times.

POETRY MONDAY: December 6, 2015

Monday, December 7th, 2015


          Norman Stock

Since I’m writing this on Sunday, let’s hope we don’t pick up our papers or turn on the news this morning to learn of yet another mass shooting. As poetry lovers, you were probably as horrified as I to learn that one response to the San Bernardino murders here in the U.S. was an increase in gun purchases.

Editorializing over for a time, here is a brief introduction to a fine poet writing from very close to home – Queens – which, for those of you elsewhere, is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Yes, there is more to New York City than Manhattan and Brooklyn (the new Manhattan).

Norman Stock is the author of two books of poetry: Pickled Dreams Naked (NYQ Books, 2010) and Buying Breakfast for My Kamikaze Pilot (Gibbs Smith, 1994, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest). His poems have also appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times, College English, The New York Quarterly, Verse, The New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and many other well-known magazines and anthologies, as well as in textbooks.

Click Here to Purchase: Pickled Dreams Naked by Norman Stock on the NYQ Books website.

Among the many awards he has received for his work are those from Writer’s Voice, Poets & Writers, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange, Bennington Writing Workshops, and the Tenne Foundation. He was a finalist for
Poet Laureate of Queens. (more…)

Poetry Monday: Willa Schneberg

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

POETRY MONDAY: November 2, 2015


Willa Schneberg

Well, everyone, here we are again, well into fall and even back to Standard Time, here in our time zone – and with a strong poet.

I continue to be impressed with the knowledge and compassion of social workers, and Willa Schneberg, an LCSW with a private practice in Portland, Oregon, is no exception. An award-winning poet whose submission was outstanding in its professionalism, she has already authored five poetry collections, one of which, In the Margins of the World, received the Oregon Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have been heard on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” and have appeared in numerous selective literary magazines and anthologies. She has has also been a fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. (more…)

Today is National Poetry Day

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Click Here to Read:NationalPoetryDay  The Poetry Category on this Website.

Poetry Monday: Barbara Crooker

Monday, September 7th, 2015

POETRY MONDAY: September 7, 2015


Barbara Crooker

Welcome back from vacation, everyone, if you were lucky enough to have one – and here’s wishing you a happy Labor Day weekend, with perhaps some thought of the history behind the day.

Our first poet of the season is one whose work I’ve long admired but whom I met in person only recently, when I had the pleasure of reading with her and another fine poet, January Gill O’Neill, on Cape Cod in June. (more…)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam

Monday, August 31st, 2015


Click Here to View: Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam: (8 of 8) on YouTube.

Click Here to View:  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Wedding Surprise for  Wife Vanessa on YouTube.

Death Fugue by Paul Celan

Saturday, August 29th, 2015


Click Here to Read:  Death Fugue by Paul Celan from the Academy of American Poets website.

Stalin and the Night of the Murdered Poets

Thursday, August 13th, 2015


Click Here to Read:  Stalin and the Night of the Murdered Poets By Eli Kavon in the Jerusalem Post on August 11, 2015.

Music From a Farther Room: Celebrating 100 years of “Prufrock”

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015


Click Here to Read: Music From a Farther Room: Celebrating 100 years of “Prufrock” By Damian Lanigan in The New Republic Magazine on August 10, 2015.

August Poetry Monday: Rhina P. Espaillat

Monday, August 10th, 2015


Click Here to Read: Called to Order: How We’re Wired to See, Hear, Think and Create in Form By Rhina P. Espaillat on the Mass Poetry Website.

Staff Picks: Moaning, Sobbing, Trolling

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


Click Here to Read: Staff Picks: Moaning, Sobbing, Trolling by the Staff of the Paris Review on July 10, 2015.

Annie Freud interview: ‘Why I’ve finally embraced the family name’

Saturday, June 27th, 2015


Click Here to Read: Annie Freud interview: ‘Why I’ve finally embraced the family name’ The poet talks about grand bohemian circles, being a late starter and saying no to a nude to be painted by her father Lucian Freud Interview by Susanna Rustin in the Guardian on June 27, 2015.

Annie Freud, pictured at home near Cattistock, Dorset. Photograph: Jim Wileman for the Guardian

The Gloom and Redemption of Yiddish Poet Yisroel Shtern

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015


Click Here to Read: The Gloom and Redemption of Yiddish Poet Yisroel Shtern by Zackary Sholem Berger on the Jewish Daily Forward Website. June 16, 2015

Click Here to Read: Witnessing the death of Yiddish language and culture: Holes in the Doorposts by Arnold Richards. (more…)

Premiering This Weekend: A Heschel Documentary On ABC-TV

Sunday, June 14th, 2015


Click Here to Read:  Premiering This Weekend: A Heschel Documentary On ABC-TV by Sandee Brawarsky in the Jewish Week on June 12, 2015.

June Poetry Monday: Philip Schultz’s The Wherewithal

Monday, June 1st, 2015


Note: Our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, will be reading from her new  book, REMINDER, at The BookStore in  Lenox, MA, on Thursday, July 23rd, at 7:00 p.m.  Admission free.

Click Here to Read:  Review of: Quiet Desperation ‘The Wherewithal,’ by Philip Schultz By Adam Plunkett in The New York Times on MARCH 14, 2014.

Click Here to Read: Philip Schultz’s ‘The Wherewithal’ has poetic logic: Philip Schultz’s novel in verse ‘The Wherewithal’ is about Henryk, who says his life includes the Jedwabne pogrom and the Zodiac killer but whose chronology doesn’t line up By David L. Ulin in Los Angeles Times Book Critic on February 07, 2014. (more…)

Examining the Poetry of Confession and Autobiography

Monday, June 1st, 2015


Our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, is on book leave until September, but will be recommending some articles that should be relevant to our readers.  Here is one of them.

Click Here to Read:   Examining the Poetry of Confession and Autobiography: After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography by Edward Byrne on the Valparaiso Poetry Review website.

Poetry Kept My Patient Alive

Monday, May 25th, 2015


Click Here to Read:  Poetry Kept My Patient Alive By Ruth H. Livingston in The New York Times on May 23, 2015.

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