What seems to animate many of the fairy tales is a heady freedom from the constraints of realism.
Susan de Sola Rodstein
What seems to be a constant is a feeling that it is miraculous that these works have come into being, and that they are unlike any other kind of drawing.
This anthology is thought-provoking and often moving; a spearhead into a relatively undiscussed new demographic.
Otto Dov Kulka’s exploration of the time he spent in Auschwitz as a child won the 2014 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate prize, one of the judges calling it “the greatest book on Auschwitz since Primo Levi.”
James Longenbach’s ear for the nuances of diction, tone, stress, and the material aspects of poetry is so good, and his grasp of context and biography so assured, one wonders why the essays so often tie themselves into semantic and logical knots.
“The Beginning-End of Yiddish,” is poet/essayist Richard Fein’s core subject: his love for a language largely eviscerated in his lifetime.