Tag: poetry

A Pain in the Ass

My job was to keep my father safe in the world without compromising his dignity. I can only imagine how difficult it was for him—the parent—to take orders from me—the child.

An Expected Unexpected Death

Three poems from Lesléa Newman about the impact of her mother’s death on her father and herself.

Tell Me How You Got Here: An Interview With Emily Franklin

Emily Franklin is back, this time with her first collection of poetry, Tell Me How You Got Here (Terapin Books) and she chats with Fiction Editor Yona Zeldis McDonough about the many and varied sources of her inspiration. 

Countering Isolation with Poetry

Poets use language as a means of connection and coping that makes the listener, in turn, feel just a little bit less alone.

Talking Back to The Red Tent in the #MeToo Era

Thus, when I ask students to respond in writing to The Red Tent, one question is, “Is Diamant’s midrash a feminist one? Can the redefinition of (possible) sexual assault as consensual sex be a feminist enterprise?

The Poem that Went Viral, and the Woman Behind It

“After my rape, I really fell back on my traditions. I got a mezuzah, and I started saying the Shabbat prayers every week at my own home.” Viral-video slam poet and activist Anna Binkovitz opens up to Lilith about trauma, survival, and the vital importance of language.

Counting the Omer Through Poetry

Perhaps counting the Omer, the days between Pesach and Shavuot, can become a time when the counting provides another kind of embodied pacing.