the jews and the poetry
just got home from the friday night poetry slam at the nuyorican poets cafe, and my head is spinning from the wonderful inspiring words. as i walked away – and walked home through the beautiful new york night – i was reminded again of how much i wish i could write poetry. but i can’t, so instead i’ll introduce you to two of jewish elements of the evening (there was a third – a male poet from seattle, but whose name i can’t remember, and i can’t find it online. if i figure it out i’ll update this).one was in the photos which hung on the walls, of poets from the nuyorican. i can’t find the images online (i think they’ve only just been put out so can’t be seen yet online), but the photographer, jonathan weiskopf, has other images online, including a series called ‘chosen’, which is well worth a look.
and the second was a poet, caroline rothstein, who performed an amazing poem which talked of anti-arab and anti-muslim racism, and antisemitism, and the illogics of hatred in america. alas, i can’t find a version of it online (and, again, i didn’t catch the name of poem) but here’ another poem that she did a few years ago at the nuyorican, entitled ‘for bernie madoff’:
so that’s how i spent part of my shabbes (the earlier bit was spent at the whitney, where i heard another yid, jacob appelbaum, talk about surveillance cultures in america). and so a good and peaceful shabbes to you all, wherever in the world you may be.