Join us on MARCH 8 as we celebrate Women's History Month with a special poetry reading from former T'chiyah member Judith Kerman!
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We are delighted to welcome our former member, acclaimed poet and translator Judith Kerman, to virtually return to T'chiyah for a special poetry reading and Q&A, in anticipation of the publication of her new book Definitions (forthcoming, May 2021, from Fomite Press).
All are welcome to attend.
ABOUT JUDITH KERMAN:
Judith Kerman, a.k.a. Reb Kugel, the Rubadubdubber Rebbe, is a Jewish Buddhist Quaker clown in passionate pursuit of the Cheshire cat called Truth. She has published ten collections of poetry, most recently Aleph, broken; Poems from My Diaspora, published in 2016 by Broadstone Media, and three books of translations of Cuban and Dominican women’s poetry and fiction. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic in 2002. Kerman founded Earth’s Daughters magazine in Buffalo, NY (1971 to present) and runs Mayapple Press, located in Woodstock, NY. Her next book of poetry, Definitions, will be published by Fomite Press in May 2021.
PRAISE FOR DEFINITIONS and ALEPH, BROKEN:
- "In this remarkable collection of “definitions,” Judith Kerman has created a poetic dictionary, a book of memories, and compendium of exquisitely worded images that help us understand how a woman sees the world around her. With both wit and artistry, each of Kerman's “definitions” begins with clear prose and slowly flows into the realm of poignant poetry. This is a wonderful and essential book.”
—Eleanor Lerman, author of Satellite Street
- "Judith Kerman’s new collection of poems, is a gathering of restrained and thoughtful mediations on her life, focusing on her secular Jewishness and the implicit impact history has had on the way she experiences the world. Kerman is a poet who observes everything with careful eyes, unsentimental about her own failings. She is doing some meaningful witnessing— testifying to the simple power of living in the non-dramatic and resisting the temptation to (over) dramatize it. Her best poems are refreshing observations—her mother’s Florida garden, her difficulty trying to describe a color, the flash of a diamond ring on her finger after she’s bought it for herself at auction, mastering and using religious language, though it’s clear this is an exercise, not a passion. Judith Kerman writes with substance, a wholesome acceptance of an imperfect world, oneself included. Her poems are an admirable reality-check for all of us."
—Diane Wakoski, poet & Retired Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University