The Deronda Review
a journal of poetry and thought
The Deronda Review, vol. IX no. 1 (2021) may be read or downloaded in .pdf format here or in .html format here!
Watch: Fires of Destruction and Creation: Poetry and the Paintings of Yoram Raanan
Articles & Epics
New: Against the Dark Lord: Poems for Two Cities, 2001-2002, by Esther Cameron
The Repair of Midnight, by Michael Diamond
Mathematical Poems, by Marion Deutsche Cohen
Proclamation from the Palace Balcony, by Esther Cameron
Danger at the Seder Table, by Michael S. Diamond
Binah and the Time of Our Freedom, by Esther Cameron
A Little Geula Game, by Esther Cameron
Tamima and the Lizard Queen, by Esther Cameron
The Infected City, by Esther Cameron
49 Stitches (מ"ט תפרים), a cycle of poems for the Counting of the Omer, by Esther Cameron
King David's Wives, by Yakov Azriel
Purim and Persuasion, by Julie Rosenzweig
Oxford and Hi-Tech, a poetic meditation on the implications of artificial intelligence, by Esther Cameron
Enigmatic Interior: Art and Music of Hillel Glueck (video)
"Traces of Transcience: In Memoriam Gretti Izak," by Judith Issroff
The Poet and Time: a supplement to the Providence/"coincidence" issue
From Middlemarch to Daniel Deronda. George Eliot's social vision, and why her last hero had to be Jewish.
Nature and Circumstances, or Limited Goods: A Rereading of Mansfield Park. A look into the depths of Jane Austen's most introspective novel, which still has social relevance.
The Street of Nathan the Wise examines an eighteenth-century German play that still explains a lot about the situation of the Western world, and of Judaism within it.
Epistle to ISIS, by Sivan Har-Shefi, is posted here.
"Reeds of Cane," "Moses and the Angel of Death" and "The White Bird": three mini-epics by Jack Lovejoy
Our Prayers for Israel: poems written during and after Pillar of Defense
The Land, The People: poems from the struggle for Judea and Samaria
"Poetry and Teshuva [The Return]," a short short essay on the meta-physics of our calling
Encouragement: teachings of HaRav Kook, translated by Yaacov Dovid Shulman
The Street of Nathan the Wise examines a play that, though almost forgotten, still explains a lot about the situation of Judaism in the Western world.
Ninth of Av: A Midnight Vigil, by Yitzchak ben Yehudah
Eric Chevlen's Triple Crown: A sketch, an excerpt and a link
In Precious Little Babies: Lessons from Family Court, Judge Richard Ross reflects on the situations he's seen and on the process of judging. All installments are now posted (1/29/2011)
Greeting the Day in Covid-19 Time, by Yocheved Zemel
Tears for Meron, poems by Ruth Fogelman, Mindy Aber Barad, Hayim Abramson, others...
Poems for Jerusalem Day 2020, by Ruth Fogelman
"Holocaust Day 2020," by Esther Halpern
"Purposeful Pursuit," by Connie S. Tettenborn
"From the Window on the Bus: Reflections on the Collective Unconsciousness," by Roberta Chester
New: Man, Earth and Tree in the Emerging City, by Rachelly Eitan-Avraham
New: Almost Shabbat: three poems by Felice Miryam Kahn Zisken
New: "Halacha -- She Is the Torah's Technology," by Chaim Scheff
New: Two Poems by George Payne
"Desert and Rebirth" by Yocheved Zemel
"Beautiful, Terrible" and "Fragile Castle" by Paul Fuller
"To Primo Levi" (complete) by Tsippy Levin Byron
"Free Falling Granny" (complete) by Birgit Talmon
"What We Flee With," by Judy Belsky
"The Divine Symphony" and "Beethoven," by Shira Twersky-Cassel
"I Woke Up Crying This Morning," by Judith Reishtein
"Issru Chag: After the Holiday Season," by Esther Cameron
From a Friend in India: Two Poems by U Atreya Sarma
"20/20 Hindsight," by Connie S. Tettenborn
"The Shofar Sounds at Kever Rachel Imeinu," by Evelyn Haies
"Grandmother's Text," by Judy Belsky
"Alone," by Yishai Beckow
Shabbat in Jerusalem, by Beverly Mach Geller
Jerusalem, by Hayim Abramson
The Baal-Teshuvah, by Yakov Azriel
Mss. Shylock's House: Under New Management, by Gerard Sarnat
Two Sonnets on the Deronda Review by Dobra Levitt
Poetry as Question, by J.E. Bennett
A New Light, Like Flowers, by Eugene Narrett
|Reviews and Notices
New: David Lawrence's The Interrupted Sky, a book of poems about the 9/11 attack, published by Cyberwit.net, is available on Amazon, here. We do not ordinarily publish book reviews; but in commemoration of that terrible and ominous event, we are making an exception:
"David Lawrence is the
poet as pugilist. He is not polite. One does not have to like everything he
says. But he says some true things that many others are too polite to say.
The complete annotated text of Eric Chevlen's Triple Crown, the only triple heroic crown in the English language, is now available on its own website, www.triplecrownpoetry.com.
Vincent J. Tomeo's book My Cemetery Friends is now available from Atmosphere Press. More about the book and its author here.
Zvi Faier z"l's Movements in a Dance: A Fresh Approach to Knowing is available here. Another chance to connect with this rare mind and spirit.
Yoram Raanan's Art of Revelation, a stunning album of paintings on the weekly Torah portion, is available here.
The Complete Works of Esther Cameron in six volumes (Collected Poems, The Time of the Other, Soul's Evidence, The Web of What Is Written, A Handbook of Macropoetics, and The Consciousness of Earth) are available on Amazon. Thoughts on publishing a Complete Works
Yaacov David Shulman's two books of poems inspired by passages from HaRav Kook, Airport Lights and Backstage Lights, are available on Amazon.
Ruth Fogelman's latest book, Leaving the Garden, is available on Amazon.
A review of Yoram Hazony's book God and Politics in Esther--a thought-provoking book for all seasons--is posted on Amazon here.
Esther Cameron's book on Paul Celan is now in print; information here.
Shira Twersky-Cassel's fourth book of poetry, Legends of Wandering and Return, has been published by Sifrei Bitzaron. Information on the book, with excerpts, may be found at www.bitzaron.com.
Mindy Aber Barad's first book of poetry, The Land That Fills My Dreams, has been published by Sifrei Bitzaron. See the front and back cover and sample poems here!
Constance Rowell Mastores' A Deep and Dazzling Darkness has been published by Blue Light Press. See Amazon reviews here.
To many members of the DR circle, Rabbi Dr. Zvi Faier zts"l has been a dear friend and a powerful source of inspiration. Dr. Faier's book A Day Is a Thousand Years has now appeared in print, offering all of us the chance to continue the conversation. Our review may be found here.
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For a new anthology of sonnets, edited by Richard Vallance Janke, check the homepage of Phoenix Rising from the Ashes.
Poet Roberta Chester is also the proprietor of Shorepath Cottage, a B&B on Bar Harbor, Maine which has hosted several retreats for writers. Writers are especially welcome in the months of November and May when rates are much reduced: $110 (i.e. $55.00 per person) for a double room with full breakfast, $180 (i.e. $90.00 per person) for a double room with all meals (also included ongoing tea, coffee,cookies, etc.) Kosher, vegetarian. More information at www.shorepathcottage.com
Review of Where There Are No Men
Illustration: Lighthouse, by Irene Frenkel. Drawing (16" X 12", pencil and coffee stain), circa 2000.