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Poem a Day 2014: Rafael Casal's "Abortion" (#12)

Reading Cynthia Ozick’s piece in the Paris Review about poetry in the United States in the 1950s, I was getting caught up in the zest with which she described the heyday of Eliot, Auden, and the Beat poets, until I read this line: 125 more words

National Poetry Month

Presenting the Unpresentable: The Dialectic between Sound and Silence in Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl.

What a curiosity it was to hold a pen […].  A lock removed from the tongue.  Otherwise the tongue is chained to the teeth and the palate.  4,725 more words


Swimming in a Sea of Invisible Ink: A Note on Ozick’s “Envy; Or, Yiddish in America.”

One of the more interesting characteristics of the schlemiel relates to his/her timing.  The comic character is belated: s/he comes too late to the party or is out of sync with what is going on.  779 more words

A Kvetching Schlemiel: On Cynthia Ozick’s “Envy; or, Yiddish in America” – Take One

You don’t see many schlemiels in Yiddish Literature or Jewish-American literature that spend most of their time kvetching or complaining.   Schlemiels are better known for being dreamers, not complainers.   1,056 more words