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From the Backyard of the Diaspora (second edition)

_____ pp., Size, Paperback or Hardcover, French flaps?  ISBN: 0-931848-40-7
$10.00 USD.  postage free within the U.S.

Winner of the Jewish Book Award for Poetry when originally published by Dryad Press.

Though translations of the poems of Ronny Someck have appeared in a number of recent anthologies in the U.S., the range of his voice in The Fire Stays in Red, his first collection in English, will surprise by its metaphoric leaps that can contain the serious, the profane and the comic. Someck is well-known to audiences in Israel, not only in print and but in performances of his work with accompanying musicians.

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“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.” –  Chowder Review


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.

Of Related Interest: 

1111 Days in My Life (foreword by Myra Sklarew)

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Dimensions 7.25 × 5.25 in

Myra Sklarew

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