Jake Marmer is Tablet's poetry critic. He is the author of The Neighbor Out of Sound (2018) and Jazz Talmud (2012). His jazz-klezmer-poetry record Hermeneutic Stomp was released by the Blue Thread Music in 2013.
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Remembering Steve Dalachinsky

‘Poems are everywhere, you don’t have to look far’

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Jen Silverman Skins the Cat

The deeply absurdist, darkly hilarious drama, poetry, and fiction of a woman who wants to shake us out of our routines

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The South’s Greatest Jewish Poet Strikes Zen Gold

A visit with Hank Lazer in Tuscaloosa, wondering ‘what is a Jew doing here’

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Ilya Kaminsky’s ‘Deaf Republic’

National Poetry Month: A long-anticipated new collection infuses beauty and irony into a dystopian war epic

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The Mystery Poet on the Cover of Sgt. Pepper’s

National Poetry Month: Wallace Berman’s son pens a memoir of the temple the Kabbalistic Beat artist made of his own life

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Allen Ginsberg Goes Behind the Iron Curtain

Newly edited travel journals from 1965 show the poet infatuated and disillusioned with communist Cuba, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and Poland

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A Is for Abish

An Austrian-born American abstract artist arrives at 87 annī and amazes anew

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Adeena Karasick’s Facebook Likes

The ‘gematria’ of status updates, in a new book of poetry by a 21st-century heir to the Kabbalists

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Lew the Jew’s Tattoos

Devoted acolyte and fellow tattooer Don Ed Hardy talks about his rare collection of Lew the Jew memorabilia, on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

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A Mind Scheduled for Annihilation

Nineteen years after Hanoch Levin’s early death from bone cancer, the great Israeli playwright’s bleak, searing poetry is finally translated into English

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The Big Sacred Voice of a Postmodern Psalmist

Joseph Lease’s new poetry collection, ‘The Body Ghost,’ sings that body electric

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In the Vernadsky Library

Newly digitized recordings offer an unprecedented glimpse of the Ukrainian-Jewish past

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Refuseniks Wearing Yiddish Like a Drowned Man’s Shirt

Alon Nechushtan’s new jazz-opera ‘Survival Codes’ mythologizes the sacred languages that kept Soviet Jewry alive

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Poetry Gone Viral

Eighteen-year-old Caroline Kaufman’s verse found its audience—and subsequent book deal—on Instagram

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Lou Reed, Poet

The new volume ‘Do Angels Need Haircuts?’ brings to life a historic 1971 poetry reading, recorded and recently rediscovered in the late musician’s archives

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Jewish Contraptions

National Poetry Month: A poetical Bay Area exhibit brings together California Jewish artists who make wonky machines, ‘anxious objects,’ and other kinetic commentaries on the ‘labor-saving devices’ of our current entanglement

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Shaq Hears America Singing

National Poetry Month: ‘Poetry in America,’ an ‘infectious’ new series from PBS, shows how verse isn’t merely the art of words

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Technician of the Sacred

A half-century after his groundbreaking ‘ethnopoetic’ anthology, Jerome Rothenberg’s shamanic journey into the sacred poetry of the past continues to lead him to the unknowns of poetry’s future

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Poet David Avidan’s ‘Futureman’ Is Here, Now

The late, spaced-out Israeli artist would have been 84 this week

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An André Aciman Movie?

Jewishness as a metaphor for homosexual desire, in a successful new adaptation to film of the 2007 novel ‘Call Me By Your Name’

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Can Religion and Poetry Coexist?

For Zoketsu Norman Fischer—retired abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, experimental poet, and founder of an influential Jewish meditation group—the question is the answer

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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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