Jake Marmer is a poet and performer and the author of Jazz Talmud. His jazz-klez-poetry record Hermeneutic Stomp was released by the Blue Thread Music in 2013.
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David Shapiro’s Narrow Bridge

A descendant of the New York School brings cantorial poetics to his new collection, ‘In Memory of an Angel’

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New Jersey Street Named After Bayonne Beat Poet and Candy Store Owner

Herschel ‘Hersch’ Silverman, who died in 2015, was beloved by locals

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Steven Bernstein Plays His ‘Diaspora Soul’ in Palo Alto

A nine-piece band belts out traditional Jewish music for one jazzy night

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Black Mountain Bar Mitzvah Poems

Should Larry Eigner’s work be read through the lens of his palsy?

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Israel’s New Literary Currency

A pair of Hebrew-language poets get their likenesses on the shekel, but can they afford it?

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Art Collects Itself: Remembering David Meltzer

The beat generation poet, who recently died at the age of 79, continues to be an inspiration

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Cuba’s Jewish Unicorn

José Kozer, Jewish-Cuban poet of exile and language, still hopes to visualize God

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A New Movie About Bob Kaufman, a Jewish African-American Street Poet Shrouded in Myth

‘And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead’ does little to dispel the mystery surrounding the artist, which is why it works

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A Jellyfish With a Jew’s Ear, for the Millions

Avant-garde trickmaster Charles Bernstein’s mass appeal is evident in his new collection of essays, ‘Pitch of Poetry’

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A Poem Is a Two-Way Mirror Concealing the Page

A visit with Beat icon David Meltzer, still performing and confounding, still showing the way

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Talmudic Improv: A Visit With Poet David Antin

Riffs from San Diego on extremism, secular Yiddishists, Stalin, transgender etiquette, and ‘talk poems’

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Sneaking a Peek at Poetry on the High Holidays

Just because you’re in synagogue doesn’t mean you have to read what’s in the prayer book

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By the Arch of Titus: Spending Tisha B’Av in Rome

Tisha B’Av was the first Jewish holiday I learned about growing up in Soviet Ukraine, and I’ve come to observe it in unexpected ways

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My Favorite Anti-Semite: How Amiri Baraka Inspired Me

Kaddish for the recently deceased poet with a history of bigotry, from a poet with a feeling for jazz

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The Jazz Sound and Jewish Films

David Krakauer links the mediums

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Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio

The genre-bending musician channels the notion of ‘Zion’ through  reggae-dub

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Reviving the Downtown Sound

John Zorn’s Tzadik record label compiles the radical work of the 1980s New York jazz group Hasidic New Wave

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Lou Reed’s Rabbi

The rock star’s new tribute to his teacher, the writer Delmore Schwartz, illuminates their common genius

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Philip Levine, Fierce About Poetry

The U.S. poet laureate, who died this weekend, on growing up Jewish in Detroit, playing tennis in verse, and hanging on to his memories, which are the source of his art

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The Candy Store Poet

Herschel Silverman, a poet and candy store owner from Bayonne, N.J., was immortalized and befriended by Allen Ginsberg. At 85, the beat goes on.

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Spirited Holiday

With A Dreamers Christmas, subversive jazz musician John Zorn makes a straightforward holiday album that’s radical in its own way

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Elsewhere

In the new Alibis, a revealing collection of essays, André Aciman finds in his exiled Egyptian life a quintessential diasporic Jewish identity

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