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Paper Bridges

Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky

Translated, introduced, and edited by Kathryn Hellerstein

Publication Year: 2099

Kadya Molodowsky (1894-1975) was among the most accomplished and prolific of modern Yiddish poets. Between 1927 and 1974, she published six major books of poetry, as well as fiction, plays, essays, and children's tales. Molodowsky participated in nearly every aspect of Yiddish literary culture that existed in her lifetime, first in Poland, where she lived until 1935, when she emigrated, and then in America. Before her emigration, Molodowsky taught young children in the Yiddish schools of Warsaw. In New York, she supported herself by writing for the Yiddish press and founded a literary journal, Svive (Surroundings), which she edited for nearly thirty years. Briefly during the early 1950s, Molodowsky wrote and edited Yiddish publications in the new state of Israel. She returned there in 1971 to receive the Itzik Manger Prize, the most prestigious award in Yiddish letters.

Published by: Wayne State University Press

Cover

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Half-title

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Copyright

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Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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This book has been long in the making, and I am indebted to a number of organizations and individuals for support and advice over the years. I am extremely grateful to the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation and to the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation for their grants to subvent the publication of this book. ...

Introduction

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Introduction

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Kadya Molodowsky (1894—1975) published six major books of poetry in Yiddish, including the children's poems for which she is best known today, as well as fiction, plays, and essays. She participated in nearly every aspect of Yiddish literary culture that existed in her lifetime, first in Poland, where she lived until 1935, ...

A Note on the Translation

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pp. 61-66

I. Kheshvndike nekht (Nights of Heshvan), Vilna, 1927

Women-Poems

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pp. 69-86

Fallen Leaves

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pp. 87-98

Otwock

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pp. 99-108

At Blue Dawn

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pp. 109-130

Today Is a Quiet Day

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pp. 131-134

Thirst

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pp. 135-144

Prayers

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pp. 145-150

Clay-Ground

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pp. 151-170

Poor Women

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pp. 171-178

II. Mayselekh (Tales), Warsaw, 1931

Olke

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pp. 181-190

The River

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pp. 191-194

The Tale of a Washtub

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pp. 195-200

Little Shoes

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pp. 201-204

The Cricket

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pp. 205-206

Open the Gate

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pp. 207-208

III. Afn barg (On the Mountain), New York, 1938

Marzipans

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pp. 211-216

A Letter

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pp. 217-222

IV. Dzshike gas (Dzshike Street), Warsaw, 1933, 1936

Dzshike Street

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pp. 225-226

Marching

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pp. 227-228

A Mother

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pp. 229-232

A Street in the Year 1930

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pp. 233-234

Chronicle

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pp. 235-236

My Paper Bridge

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pp. 237-238

Self-Portrait

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pp. 239-240

A Letter

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pp. 241-242

At the Mirror

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pp. 243-246

My Room, Then, Is a Ship

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pp. 247-248

I Still Don't Have a Gray Hair, Not a One

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pp. 249-250

January

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pp. 251-252

Hello, My Heart!

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pp. 253-254

In the Green Tree Lies Gray Ash (Selections)

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pp. 255-262

Jeremiah

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pp. 263-272

A Poem to My Clothes Closet

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pp. 273-274

Shloyminke the Blacksmith

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pp. 275-278

V. Freydke (Freydke), Warsaw, 1935, 1936

From Freydke: A Long Poem

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pp. 281-300

I. Freydke

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pp. 281-286

II. The Low Ceiling

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pp. 287-290

IV. In Pshenytsa's Workshop

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pp. 291-300

V. Strike

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pp. 301-306

My Tow-Boat

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pp. 307-310

My Day

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pp. 311-314

My Father's Fur Coat

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pp. 315-316

VI. In land fun mayn gebeyn (In the Country of My Bones),Chicago, 1937

My Ultimate Biography

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pp. 319-326

When Nobody Calls Me

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pp. 327-328

At the Threshhold

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pp. 329-332

In the Country of My Bones

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pp. 333-336

A White Poet

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pp. 337-342

In My Hand Two Feathers from a Pheasant

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pp. 343-346

Alphabet Letters

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pp. 347-348

Legacy

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pp. 349-350

VII. Der melekh dovid aleyn iz geblibn (Only King David Remained), New York, 1946

Merciful God

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pp. 353-356

A Letter to Elijah the Prophet

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pp. 357-360

Letters from the Ghetto

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pp. 361-362

A Poem about Itself

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pp. 363-366

To a Child's Portrait

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pp. 367-368

The Shofar Blower

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pp. 369-370

Proposition

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pp. 371-372

In the Magnificent Dwelling of Eternity

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pp. 373-374

Leavetaking

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pp. 375-378

Night Visitors

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pp. 379-382

Khad Gadya

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pp. 383-386

The Unrecounted Page

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pp. 387-390

Psalm of Ascents

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pp. 391-394

Veiling

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pp. 395-396

Dead Sabbath

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pp. 397-400

The Fife-Player of Sodom

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pp. 401-404

Only King David Remained

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pp. 405-408

Havdalah

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pp. 409-410

No Letters Arrive Anymore

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pp. 411-412

A Prayer

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pp. 413-414

A Poem to the Paper Bridge

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pp. 415-418

My Children

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pp. 419-422

The Little Foxes, Little Foxes

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pp. 423-426

The Rivalry of Writers Increases Wisdom

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pp. 427-432

My Harness

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pp. 433-434

In the Stable of Life

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pp. 435-436

VIII. Likht fun dornboym (Light of the Thorn Bush), Buenos Aires, 1965

Without Words

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pp. 439-440

The Song of Diogenes

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pp. 441-444

My Ship of Gopher Wood

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pp. 445-446

And What Will Happen?

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pp. 447-450

Iron Dream

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pp. 451-452

The Sabbath Song

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pp. 453-456

My Language

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pp. 457-460

The Wind Has Grown Old

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pp. 461-462

I Kick Off My Shoes and Socks in Exhaustion

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pp. 463-464

Flood

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pp. 465-466

Shulames

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pp. 467-468

On the Paper Bridge

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pp. 469-472

Glorious Shulames Comes to Solomon the King

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pp. 473-474

The Light of Your Table

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pp. 475-478

Love

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pp. 479-480

I Am an Echo

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pp. 481-482

Pages

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pp. 483-484

Moses and Aaron

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pp. 485-490

Jonah

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pp. 491-494

Shelter Me in a Leaf

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pp. 495-498

Random Sinking

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pp. 499-500

In Jerusalem, Angels Come

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pp. 501-502

In the Land of Israel

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pp. 503-504

God's Children

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pp. 505-508

Our Ship

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pp. 509-512

A Refugee

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pp. 513-518

Endnotes

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pp. 519-540

Bibliography

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pp. 541-543

Backcover

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p. 563-563


E-ISBN-13: 9780814338292
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814328460

Page Count: 568
Illustrations: 30
Publication Year: 2099