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May.04.2009
JEWISH DAILY FORWARD
And Then There Was “And” Books By John Stoehr Published April 29, 2009, issue of May 08, 2009,.THE JEWISH DAILY FORWARD And Poems by Michael Blumenthal BOA Editions, Ltd.,112 pages, $16.00. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, saith poet Michael Blumenthal. HETTY HERMANS Stoic Elegiast: Poet Blumenthal. Well, in fact, he nearly saith that. Not quite, but almost....
Poem
Feb.26.2009
THE WRITER'S ALMANAC
Days We Would Rather Know There are days we would rather know than these, as there is always, later, a wife we would rather have married than whom we did, in that severe nowness time pushed, imperfectly, to then. Whether, standing in the museum before Rembrandt's "Juno," we stand before beauty, or only before a consensus about beauty, is a question...
Poem
Feb.26.2009
THE WRITER'S ALMANAC
I HAVE LIVED THIS WAY FOR YEARS AND DO NOT WISH TO CHANGE I hope you'll forgive the black paint on my windows, the smell of cat litter in the kitchen. Guests complain sometimes that my collection of Minoan cadavers spoils their appetite, or that having the shower in the living room creates too much moisture, but I think you'll grow used to it if we get to be...
Poem
Feb.26.2009
And the Wages of Goodness Are Not Assured                                                           for Aharon Appelfeld That Jacob stole his own brother’s blessingand lived to triumph from it there can beno doubt, or that Cain slew the sleeping Abel or that Job suffered so long amid the racked syllablesof his own believing, that the wages of goodnessare oblique...
Poem
Feb.26.2009
What I Believe by Michael Blumenthal I believe there is no justice, but that cottongrass and bunchberry grow on the mountain. I believe that a scorpion's sting will kill a man, but that his wife will remarry. I believe that, the older we get, the weaker the body, but the stronger the soul. I believe that if you roll...
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Feb.26.2009
WASHINGTON POST MAGAZINE