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POETRY MONDAY: April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014


Howard Stein

Happy Poetry Month, everyone!   You who are readers of this column probably agree that every month should be poetry month, but we have to take whatever we can get.  Perhaps those of you who don’t always buy poetry books will think about a visit to your local independent bookstore, if you’re lucky enough to still have one, to look at the various slim new volumes on display as well as the collected and new / selected works of your old favorites.  If you do have a poetry library of your own, you might want to note the publishers’ names and then go online to look for their web pages and order directly from them.  This can be our way of celebrating what many of us cannot live without.

Our featured poet this month is Howard Stein, who is Poet Laureate of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology.  He is a psychoanalytic, medical, organizational, and applied anthropologist, as well as a psychohistorian and organizational consultant – all of which disciplines inform and inspire (more…)

Keep Hidden From Me

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


Click Here to Read:  The Sunday Poem: Keep Hidden From Me by Rachel Korn,  translated Carolyn Kizer on the website on March 30th, 2014.

Rachel Korn


Monday, March 24th, 2014

Upcoming Programs

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 | 6:30pm

Acclaimed filmmaker Péter Forgács, creator of the installation Letters to Afar, returns to YIVO for a screening and discussion of his award-winning film (more…)

A Note from the Poetry Editor

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It’s not Poetry Monday yet, but we’re posting this sonnet by our reader, Eugene Mahon, because of its timeliness. We’re all still saddened by this loss.

In Honor of Maxine Kumin



Holding nothing back she wrote each line
Of verse as if it were her last, Frost’s
Advice taken to heart. “Sharpens the mind”
She might have said “to never think of costs
Only values”.  A line of verse is worth
Something if it surprises you with what
You thought you knew but didn’t until the birth
Came screaming through your thighs and caught
You unawares. All beauty must surprise
At first before the getting used to. Soon
Enough it becomes essential, life mere lies
Without it. This she knew for sure, a boon
She offered us in words life-seasoned, wise,
A vision’s reach beyond the grasp of eyes.

Eugene Mahon   March 9, 2014

Poetry Monday: May 5th, 2008

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Maxine Kumin


Long before there was a Poet Laureate of the United States, there was a Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.  Maxine Kumin, one of our most beloved American poets, had that honor.  She has also been Poet Laureate of  New Hampshire,  a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, winner of a Pulitzer Prize as well as many other prestigious fellowships and awards.  One or more of her many books (sixteen poetry collections, a stirring memoir, four novels, a short-story collection, four books of essays and more than twenty children’s books) surely must be on some of your shelves already.

POETRY MONDAY: March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Alicia Suskin Ostriker

The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog, by Alicia Suskin Ostriker.
Pitt Poetry Series. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014.

Why a review instead of a new-poet feature this month? Because next month is the official “pay attention to poetry” month, when we will all be bombardedwith press releases and “Hey, look at me!” e-mails and posters featuring poetry, and one book – one marvelous book – might possibly get lost in the fight for our attention. (more…)

Maxine Kumin 1925-2014

Monday, March 3rd, 2014



A Note from the Poetry Editor:

It came to my attention recently that some of you may have missed the  news that one of America’s most celebrated and beloved poets, Maxine Kumin, died in February of this year, at age 88, at her home in Warner, New Hampshire. An almost full-page obituary appeared in the New York Times on February 8. (more…)

News from YIVO

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

This Tuesday join Ruth Wisse, Harvard University, for…
Jacob Glatstein: A Yiddish Genius in Anglicizing America
TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014 | 7pm

Jacob Glatstein, one of the great Jewish writers of the 20th century, arrived in America in 1914 with a virtuosic talent for his native language, Yiddish, (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: February 3, 2014: Michael Harty

Monday, February 3rd, 2014


Michael Harty

This month’s poet has a background that should be of considerable interest to our readers. Michael Harty grew up in Texas, where he attended a small rural school through the twelfth grade and published his first poem when he was about nine years old. Humbly, he admits that it was in an outdoor magazine published by a friend of his father’s; nevertheless, his early (more…)

Pete Seeger May 3, 1919-January 27, 2014 by Herbert Weiner

Saturday, February 1st, 2014


Click Here to Read: Remembering Pete Seeger, From Woody Guthrie to Occupy Wall Street on this website.

Click Here to Read: “We Shall Overcome”: Remembering Folk Icon, Activist Pete Seeger in His Own Words & Songs on this website.

Click Here to Read:  Pete Seeger 1919-2014 on this website.

Pete Seeger

May 3, 1919-January 27, 2014

World citizen/
National treasure/
Musical artist
your voice/music (more…)

Argentine poet Juan Gelman dies in Mexico City at 83

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014


Click Here to Read:  Argentine poet Juan Gelman dies in Mexico City at 83 By Rafael Azul on the World Socialist Website on January 29, 2014.

Poem by Mali Mann

Friday, January 24th, 2014


Click Here to a Read:  Biographical Note on Mali Mann

“When you come back, bring your potted flowers”
 Mali Mann

Your potted flowers on the porch whisper in the air;

if you come back, your flowers greet me at the door,

your paintings on the wall.


Speak to me of living days. (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: January 6, 2014

Monday, January 6th, 2014


 Juditha Dowd


Happy New Year, everyone!

Our first poet of 2014, Juditha Dowd,  grew up in Caldwell, New Jersey, and on the Jersey shore and wrote her first poem when she was eight years old, in third grade.  She never stopped, but didn’t pursue publishing until many years later, after her children were grown.  In her working life, she had many different careers- everything from advertising (in the Mad Men era) to designing (more…)

After a Death, Keeping a Yiddish-Lover’s Weekly Conversations Alive

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014


Click Here to Read:  After a Death, Keeping a Yiddish-Lover’s Weekly Conversations Alive By Winnie Hu in The New York Times on January 1, 2014,

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, a poet and songwriter, died in November. Her chair remains empty at the Monday Yiddish conversation group she led as the group continues to meet.

Collaborations Jazz and Poetry an the Helix Center

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014


Click Here to View:  Collaborations Jazz and Poetry an the Helix Center with Sean Singer and Lewis Porter, introduced by David Pollens on Sunday, October 14, 2012,  3:00 pm.

Sean Singer and Lewis Porter (more…)

Poems of Heresy and Transformation

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


Click Here to Read:  Poems of Heresy and Transformation By Zackary Sholem Berger in The Jewish Daily Forward on  December 10, 2013.

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Sunday, December 8th, 2013


Music Treasures of the American Yiddish Theater: Interview with Matt Temkin
On Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm, YIVO will celebrate the work of the most popular composers from the golden age of Yiddish American theater, otherwise known as the “big four of Second Avenue”: Abraham Ellstein, Alexander Olshanetsky, Sholom (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: December 2, 2013 Colette Inez

Monday, December 2nd, 2013



Colette Inez

Colette Inez has published ten books of poetry and received Guggenheim, Rockefeller and two NEA fellowships and Pushcart prizes.  She is widely anthologized and taught at Columbia University for many years.  Her shocking, beautiful and heartbreaking memoir of long-held secrets and a child’s resilience, The Secret of M. Dulong,  (University of Wisconsin Press)  appeared in 2005. A new collection, The Luba Poems, will be published late next year by (more…)

The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Click Here to Read: Review of The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870 by Gregory Tate,  Reviewed by Michelle Faubert on the LSE Review of Books website.

November Poetry Monday: Sharon Olds and Mary Jo Salter

Monday, November 4th, 2013

POETRY MONDAY: November 4, 2013

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Sharon Olds                                                      Mary Jo Salter

Two recent poetry collections – one in 2012 and one just released – deal with a topic that should be of particular interest to our readers, both professionally, because so many of you are psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, but also personally, because so many have experienced it. The topic is divorce, which in past years, reflecting prevailing cultural attitudes, was not often discussed publicly. Divorce was viewed as failure, rather than success in fixing what was broken, and divorced people, especially divorced women, as flawed. (more…)