Title Page, Copyright

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contents

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pp. vi-vii

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preface

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pp. ix-x

What is it to be a Jewish poet? What is it to be a Jewish woman poet? I did not always ask these questions. My writing life has evolved from being an American poet in the wake of Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams. I have been a disciple of Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton...

I

Becky and Benny in Far Rockaway

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pp. 3-3

Old Men

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pp. 4-4

Born in the USA

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pp. 5-5

The Marriage Nocturne

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pp. 6-7

Hunger

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pp. 8-10

Elegy for Allen

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pp. 11-12

West Fourth Street

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pp. 13-13

At the Revelation Restaurant

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pp. 14-14

Grandchild

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pp. 15-15

II

A Meditation in Seven Days

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pp. 19-31

Kol Nidre

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pp. 32-33

III

The Eighth and Thirteenth

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pp. 37-39

Holocaust

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pp. 40-41

Three Women

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pp. 42-44

Who Saves a Life: Poem Beginning witha Line by Fitzgerald/Hemingway

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pp. 45-48

Diaspora

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pp. 49-49

Listening to Public Radio

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pp. 50-51

Poem Sixty Years After Auschwitz

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pp. 52-53

IV

psalm

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pp. 57-58

fire

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pp. 59-59

judgment

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pp. 60-60

during the bombing of Kosovo

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pp. 61-61

the fast

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pp. 62-62

the shekhinah as exile

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pp. 63-64

the shekhinah as mute

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pp. 65-65

the shekhinah as amnesiac

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pp. 66-66

dark smile

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pp. 67-67

seasonal

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pp. 68-68

psalm

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pp. 69-69

psalm

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pp. 70-70

psalm

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pp. 71-71

V

Lamenting the Inevitable

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pp. 75-76

The Bride

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pp. 77-79

Tearing the Poem Up and Eating It

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pp. 80-82

Divrei: The Settlers

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pp. 83-83

What Is Needed after Food

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pp. 84-85

VI

The Book of Life

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pp. 89-96

notes

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pp. 97-99

acknowledgments

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pp. 101-101