Jewish-American Poetry

Adrienne Rich And Fixing Our “Half-Finished Houses”

This week would have been the 85th birthday of Adrienne Rich, the Jewish feminist poet who died three years ago leaving behind a tremendous legacy of ideas and words that helped shape many people’s gender identities and inspired the work of feminist activism.

Adrienne Rich

During National Poetry Month, Recalling One of American Jewry's Most Famous Poets

Listen to Allen Ginsberg read his harrowing poem, 'Kaddish'.

04/27/2015
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As National Poetry Month comes to a close we recall one of the most acclaimed Jewish, American poets, Allen Ginsberg (1927 - 1997). Ginsberg, a Jewish boy from Newark, was one of the most respected poets of the post WWII generation and is widely considered one of the fathers of the Beat Generation.

Tribally Speaking

St. John’s professor and poet Stephen Paul Miller is trying to make the case for a distinct Jewish-American poetry.

12/26/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

Is there a Jewish-American poetry?

Trick question. According to Stephen Paul Miller, all poetry is  Jewish.

The reason? Two words: “Walt Whitman.”

“Jewish poetry,” writes Miller, is also “hot poetry.” Michael Datikash
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