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Drunk from the Bitter Truth

The Poems of Anna Margolin

Anna Margolin, Shirley Kumove

Publication Year: 2005

The poems of Anna Margolin (1887–1952), appearing here both in the original Yiddish and in English translation. Born Rosa Lebensboym in Belarus, Anna Margolin (1887–1952) settled permanently in America in 1913. A brilliant yet largely forgotten poet, her reputation rests on her volume of poetry published in Yiddish in 1929 in New York City. Although written in the 1920s, Margolin’s poetry is remarkably fresh and contemporary, dealing with themes of anxiety, loneliness, sexual tensions, and the search for intellectual and spiritual identity, all of which were clearly reflected in her own life choices. Sensitively and beautifully translated here, the poems appear both in the original Yiddish and in English translation. Shirley Kumove’s fascinating critical-biographical introduction highlights Margolin’s tempestuous and unconventional life. An exceptionally beautiful and gifted woman, Margolin adopted a bohemian and an eccentric lifestyle, and threw herself into both intellectual pursuits and romantic attachments beyond her two marriages.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Cover

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pp. 1-4

Title Page

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p. 5-5

Copyright

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pp. 6-8

contents

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pp. 9-12

acknowledgments

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pp. 13-14

i n t r o d u c t i o n : t h e p o e t r y o f A N NA MARGOLIN

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pp. 15-36

A Note on the Translation

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pp. 37-44

ROOTS

ONCE I WAS A YOUTH

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pp. 46-47

MOTHER EARTH, WELL-WORN, SUN-WASHED

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pp. 48-49

PORTRAIT

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pp. 50-51

YEARS

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pp. 52-53

IN THE STREETS

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pp. 54-55

MY ANCESTORS SPEAK

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pp. 56-59

A CITY BY THE SEA

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pp. 60-61

MY HOME

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pp. 62-64

I YOUR CALM ANDI YOUR SWORD

“WE WENT THROUGH THE DAYS”

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pp. 66-67

WITH HALF-CLOSED EYES

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pp. 68-69

SLOWLY AND BRIGHTLY

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pp. 70-71

“I HAVE WANDERED SO MUCH”

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pp. 72-73

YOU

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pp. 74-77

“DROWSE ON, MY BELOVED”

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pp. 78-79

VIOLINS

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pp. 80-81

IN COPPER AND IN GOLD

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pp. 82-83

“ALL MUTE THINGS SPEAK TODAY”

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pp. 84-85

“WITH ANXIOUS HANDS”

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pp. 86-87

FULL OF NIGHT AND WEEPING

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pp. 88-89

“HEARING YOUR STEP AND ALARMED”

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pp. 90-91

“ALL THIS IS ALREADY LONG GONE”

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pp. 92-93

“PERHAPS THIS WAS MY HAPPINESS”

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pp. 94-95

FROM A LETTER

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pp. 96-97

“I WALK IN THE SHADOW”

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pp. 98-99

POEM

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pp. 100-101

KISSED MY HAND

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pp. 102-103

“NO, THERE’S NOTHING TO SAY”

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pp. 104-105

“PRIMEVAL MURDERESS NIGHT”

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pp. 106-107

“WHEN I WALK WITH MY BELOVED”

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pp. 108-109

“A FRIEND PASSES US”

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pp. 110-111

“DON’T THINK THAT I’VE CHANGED”

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pp. 112-113

“THE ROAD IS SO STILL”

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pp. 114-115

“I DID NOT KNOW, MY DEAR”

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pp. 116-117

“JUST LIKE MY TEARFUL GAZE”

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pp. 118-119

“THE GOLDEN PEACOCK FLEW OFF”

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pp. 120-122

SEALED LIPS

DEMONS WHISTLED SADLY

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pp. 124-125

OUT OF MY DARKNESS

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pp. 126-127

3

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pp. 128-129

THIS IS THE NIGHT

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pp. 130-131

SLENDER SHIPS

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pp. 132-133

QUIETLY

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pp. 134-135

“OFTEN I WALK AS IF BEHIND A VEIL”

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pp. 136-137

DEMONS

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pp. 138-139

NIGHT

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pp. 140-141

WEARY

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pp. 142-143

DEAR MONSTERS

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pp. 144-147

NIGHT CAME INTO MY HOUSE

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pp. 148-149

HARD HEART

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pp. 150-151

EPITAPH

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pp. 152-153

BEAUTIFUL WORDS OF MARBLE AND GOLD

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pp. 154-158

SUN, ASPHALT, ROADS

AUTUMN

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pp. 160-161

OVER BROWN ROOFS

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pp. 162-163

EVENING

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pp. 164-165

SUN

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pp. 166-167

AUTUMN

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pp. 168-169

RAIN

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pp. 170-173

AUTUMN

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pp. 174-175

SNOW

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pp. 176-177

BRISK (BREST-LITOVSK)

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pp. 178-183

ODESSA

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pp. 184-187

DISCONTENTED

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pp. 188-189

AT THE CAFÉ

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pp. 190-193

GIRLS IN CROTONA PARK

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pp. 194-195

EVENING ON FIFTH AVENUE

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pp. 196-199

BROADWAY EVENING

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pp. 200-201

GATES

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pp. 202-203

THROUGH COLOURED PANES

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pp. 204-205

THE PROUD SONG

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pp. 206-207

THE MASQUERADE IS OVER

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pp. 208-211

REUBEN LUDWIG*

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pp. 212-215

DEAD TIRED FROM THE BURDEN OF A DREAM

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pp. 216-217

JUST ONE POEM

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pp. 218-219

TO FRANZ WERFEL*

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pp. 220-221

* WE WILL BUILD A WALL

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pp. 222-226

MARY

WHAT DO YOU WANT, MARY?

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pp. 228-231

MARY’S PRAYER

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pp. 232-233

MARY AND THE PRIEST

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pp. 234-235

LONELY MARY

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pp. 236-237

MARY AND THE GUESTS

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pp. 238-243

MARY WANTS TO BE A BEGGAR WOMAN

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pp. 244-247

MARY AND DEATH

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pp. 248-250

IMAGES

A HUMAN BEING

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pp. 252-255

THE MADWOMAN

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pp. 256-259

THE GANGSTER

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pp. 260-261

IN THE DARK ROOM

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pp. 262-263

THE GIRL DECLARES

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pp. 264-269

THE SONG OF A GIRL

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pp. 270-271

A WOMAN SAYS

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pp. 272-273

ENTRE’ACTE

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pp. 274-275

ON A BALCONY

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pp. 276-277

MY VENUS WEARS SILK SLIPPERS

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pp. 278-279

FORGOTTEN GODS

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pp. 280-281

HER SMILE

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pp. 282-287

AMONG THE CHINESE LANTERNS

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pp. 288-293

HE BRINGS SORROW

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pp. 294-302

SUPPLEMENT

THE BRIDGE

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pp. 304-305

MY LOVER’S POEM

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pp. 306-307

DUSK IN THE PARK

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pp. 308-311

MY DAYS TAKE ROOT IN STONES

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pp. 312-313

DRUNK FROM THE BITTER TRUTH

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pp. 314-315

SHE OF THE COLD MARBLE BREASTS

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pp. 316-317

I WANT, ANGRY AND TENDER ONE

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pp. 318-320

b i b l i o g r a p h y

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pp. 321-324

i n d e x t o f i r s t l i n e s i n E n g l i s h

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pp. 325-328

i n d e x t o f i r s t l i n e s i n Y i d d i s h

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pp. 329-340


E-ISBN-13: 9780791482704
E-ISBN-10: 0791482707
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791465790
Print-ISBN-10: 0791465799

Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 2 b/w photographs, 1 figure
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation
Series Editor Byline: Marilyn Gaddis Rose

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