Click image to order
Never miss a post
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries


« A Selection of Contemporary Australian Poems (Week 9) | Main | What is a Jewish Poem? [by Deborah Ager] »

December 01, 2013


The Jewish American experience, I think, is embedded, like all cultures, with its music. The Jewish inflection is almost cliché but to be around the Jewish experience, secular or otherwise, is to have heard the Kaddish, to have heard the prayers for the lighting of shabbot candles, Kol Nidre, the cutting of the bread (Hamotzie.) We may not realize how embedded culturally those rhythms are in our psyche. I think that rhythm and intonation can be heard in Jewish American poetry, a music that is also translated or gets infused into emotional experience.


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

click image to order your copy
That Ship Has Sailed
Click image to order
BAP ad
"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


  • StatCounter