Winner of the Jewish Book Award for Poetry when originally published by Dryad Press.
“One of Sklarew’s preoccupations: the difficulty of speech and of the renewal of language. We can take one step backwards to the tradition/individual antithesis: the failure of language to survive its rhetoric is a communal problem. Thus, we encounter one of the ambiguities of the book – the voice borrows from tradition, uses a communal theme as a defining boundary, and yet acquires its force from contrast. The poems are a substitute for a spiritual boundary, and yet acquire its force from contrast. The poems are a substitute for a spiritual language that has lost its vitality.”
Myra Sklarew is the author of eight books of poetry, including Lithuania: New & Selected Poems and The Witness Trees: Lithuania. Lithuania won the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award from the Judah Magnus Museum. She is currently a Professor of Literature at The American University. Her most recent book is Over the Rooftops of Time: Jewish Stories, Essays, Poems.