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Fast Break by Ed Hirsch

A reading for tonight’s NBA Finals Game 5

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India’s Most Famous Jewish Poet

Nissim Ezekiel, born in Bombay and schooled in London, wrote in English from India about familiar but foreign cultures

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The Turkish Art of Love

The charming, 85-year-old Istanbul poet and painter Habib Gerez buries his Turkish-Jewish heritage in a country where Jewish artists are not accepted

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Passing

Performer and poet Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew mamita, mashes up her Jewish identity with that of a Puerto Rican—and unsettles stereotypes

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Beyond Amichai

No longer the province of an artistic elite, poetry in Israel today is being produced by hundreds of poets of all stripes

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Wonderstruck

Known for Middle Eastern, African, and Hasidic motifs in her music, Basya Schechter adds a new note on her latest album—Yiddish poetry

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War Poet

In new translations of his poems about soldiers, disappearance, and life cycles, Israeli poet Yitzhak Laor uses biblical allusions, humor, and rage to explore the absurdities of modern Israeli life

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Prophet Margin

The poet Joseph Lease waxes prophetic while wondering what prophesy can mean in an age of corporate greed and round-the-clock cable news

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Roman nature

How poetry helped one scholar understand his mother

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Young at Heart

Ammiel Alcalay’s new book—a challenging collection of notes, photographs, and diary entries he wrote in the 1970s—shows the young scholar and experimental poet through the eyes of his older self

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What Is Missing

Mark Strand, the former poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, has given up poetry and turned to making art. He talks about his work, Jewish mothers, absence, and Israel.

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Free Verse

To celebrate the overlap of Passover and National Poetry Month, poets Andrea Cohen, Robert Pinsky, and Mark Levine offer some selections on the themes of liberation, ritual, journeying, and food

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Words Fail

In her new collection, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve, Adrienne Rich reckons with the question of how to write lyric poetry in the face of war and economic hardship

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Final Verse

In the poems of Silver Roses, the late Rachel Wetzsteon—who took her own life last year—is still very much alive

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‘We Swat, We Sweat Together’

Your best ping pong haikus

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Punk in the Beerlight

David Berman and his father’s sins

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Today on Tablet

A love of herring, Sheikh Jarrah, and more

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Today on Tablet

Sarah Silverman pees like a Jew, and more

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Yehuda Halevi: The Poetry Contest

Find your inner 11th-century poet and win an iPad

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Spy games, evading the next Holocaust, and more

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The Earthly Dreamer

Poet Edward Hirsch and the dignity of everyday existence

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Politics and Poesy

In early 20th-century Poland, poet Shmuel Nadler took off his yarmulke and took up with the Communists

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A Clockwork Doll

Dahlia Ravikovitch and the poetry of the plainspoken

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Sensible Swoons

Charles Bernstein and the poetry of antic glee

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The Last Great Yiddish Poet

Nextbook and Tablet authors remember Avrom Sutzkever

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Auslander does death, Turkey’s rise, and more

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Today on Tablet

An Argentinian dissident, a Yiddish poet, Afro-Semitic beats

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Three Poems By Avrom Sutzkever

‘How,’ ‘The Lead Plates at the Rom Press,’ and ‘1981’

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Poet Rachel Wetzsteon Dies at 42

‘New Republic’ poetry editor, bard of Morningside Heights

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Today on Tablet

Navasky on Lieberman, Hannukah’s ‘Avatar,’ and more