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Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (Revised 2nd Edition) Paperback – November 1, 2007
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This anthology of American Holocaust poetry will be welcomed by both teachers and students, as well as by those merely curious about the Shoah's resonance in the poetic imagination. Furthermore, its sheer comprehensiveness will make this book a valuable addition to any library. --Holocaust and Genocide Studies
The sacred duty of Holocaust remembrance -- commemorating the dead, honoring the living, and posing the pertinent theological, ethical, and political questions generated by the Holocaust is the substance of Charles Fishman's compelling collection of American Holocaust poetry. Fishman successfully assembles works that render a historically remote and often painfully resisted subject in a manner that makes the catastrophe real. . . . One is grateful for the book's sound critical notes, its exploration of the moral implications of the Holocaust and problematics of writing Holocaust poetry, and its witness to the terrifying truths of human history while asserting the indestructibility of the human spirit. Highly recommended. --Choice
About the Author
Charles Adés Fishman is currently poetry editor of New Works Review and a consultant in poetry to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. His most recent awards and honors are the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association's Long Island Poet of the Year Award (2006) and the 2007 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. His books include Mortal Companions (Pleasure Dome Press, 1977), Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (Texas Tech University Press, 1991), and The Death Mazurka (Texas Tech, 1989), an American Library Association Outstanding Book of the Year that was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His most recent poetry collections are Country of Memory (Uccelli Press) and 5,000 Bells (Cross-Cultural Communications), both 2004, and Chopin's Piano (Time Being Books, 2006).
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From Marjorie Agosin, the Chilean daughter of Jewish refugees from Odessa and Vienna, to John Ciardi, Anthony Hecht, Philip Levine and Barnett Zumoff, the famed New York Albert Einstein professor of endocrinology, the sheer brilliance of dozens of poets in 478 pages defies description.
What's almost as amazing, though, is the labor and love that went into an almost letter-perfect copy--with not a single typographical error yet found in hundreds of poems, footnotes, biographical notes and acknowledgments. Without a doubt, this 630-plus page compilation of Holocaust poems is the most remarkable literary feat of this memorial genre I'm privileged to own.
I am greatly honored to have two poems in this volume, beside those of several good poet friends, but most remarkably, hundreds more whose work I revere from a distance.
One cannot adequately praise Charles Ades Fishman, a poet with stunning style, for the years of work he has invested in this remarkable collection of American poets writing on the Holocaust.
--Alyssa A. Lappen
Each has its own special focus. One concentrates on poets alive during the Holocaust; another gathers together poems from around the world; and a third looks at poems written by Holocaust survivors and victims. All of these works, of course, are valuable, but I find myself most often returning to one anthology of Holocaust poetry, the one edited by Charles Adès Fishman, my co-editor here at Writing the Holocaust. The range of poets represented is truly extensive, and whenever I find myself wanting to see what a poet has written about the Holocaust, Fishman's Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaustis the book I turn to first.
It contains the work of over 200 poets, some old, some new, some well known and others not so well known, but the breadth and depth of writing here is remarkable. Also valuable are the personal remarks made by many of the poets regarding what moved them to write poetry in response to the Holocaust.
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A wonderful addition to your library on Jewish studies, as well as a powerful teaching tool for Jewish history, or Jewish writings.
Sandra Cohen Margulius