Essays/Criticism

Current Favorites:

A Jellyfish With a Jew’s Ear, for the Millions: On Charles Bernstein’s “Pitch of Poetry” – Tablet, March 2016.

On Michael Wex’s “Rhapsody in Shmaltz” – Chicago Tribune, April 2016.

By the Arch of Titus: Spending Tisha B’Av in Rome – Tablet, Aug 2014.

Kaddish For Amiri Baraka – Tablet, Jan 2014.

Love Is Talk: More Than a Dialogue’ Between Poet Paul Celan and Ilana Shmueli – in collaboration with Shoshana Olidort for the Forward, July 2011.

 
The Whole Portfolio:

On the new Bob Kaufman film, “And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead” – Tablet, June 2016.

Poetry Roundup: Alice Notley, Bernadette Mayer, and Michael Heller – Chicago Tribune, June 2016.

On Michael Wex’s “Rhapsody in Shmaltz” – Chicago Tribune, April 2016.

A Jellyfish With a Jew’s Ear, for the Millions: On Charles Bernstein’s “Pitch of Poetry” – Tablet, March 2016.

Imagining a Poetry That We Might Find: Conversation with Jerome Rothenberg and David Antin – Jacket2, Feb 2016.

On Frank Lima’s New & Selected Poems – Chicago Tribune, Feb 2016.

Intense Listening: The Poetry of Harvey Shapiro – Jewish Review of Books, Fall 2015.

How Michael Alpert Brought Klezmer Into the 21st Century – The Forward, Sep 2015.

On Ferlinghetti/Ginsberg correspondence – Chicago Tribune, July 2015.

On David Meltzer’s “Two-Way Mirror Concealing the Page” – Tablet, May 2015.

New Books from Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger and Clarence Major – Chicago Tribune, Apr 2015.

A Visit with David Antin – Tablet, Feb 2015.

Five Memorable Experimental Music Releases of 2014 – Forward, Dec 2014.

Five Memorable Poetry Books of 2014 – Forward, Dec 2014.

Alexander Nemser: Akeda Delirium – Forward, Oct 2014.

Reading Poetry on High Holidays – Tablet, Sep 2014.

By the Arch of Titus: Spending Tisha B’Av in Rome – Tablet, Aug 2014.

Liner Notes for Kaddish For Amiri Baraka – Tablet, Jan 2014.

Five Memorable Experimental Music Releases of 2013 – Forward, Dec 2013.

Five Memorable Poetry Books of 2013 – Forward, Dec 2013.

Reviews of Zion80, Alon Nechustan and New Zion Trio – Forward, June 2013.

Interview with Don Byron – Forward, Apr 2013.

On Michael Winograd’s klez album “Storm Game” – Forward, Jan 2013.

Liner Notes for Hasidic New Wave boxset – republished in Tablet, November 2012.

On Adeena Karasick’s “This Poem” – Forward, November 2012.

Guitar Pedals & Goat Strings: Shanir Blumenkranz’s Abraxas – Forward Blog, November 2012.

On Lou Reed & Delmore Schwartz – Tablet Magazine, October 2012.

on David Krakauer’s Pruflas – Forward Blog, July 2012.

Thoughts That Move in Space: Hank Lazer’s N18 – Forward, June 2012.

Fierce About Poetry: Interview with Philip Levine – Tablet Magazine, April 2012.

The Candy Store Poet: On Herschel Silverman – Tablet Magazine, April 2012.

Deeper Than Nostalgia: Jamie Saft’s “Borscht Belt Studies” – Forward Blog, January 2012.

Poetry on Demand – Jewish Book Council and MJL, Jan 2012.

Poem as a Noisy Mediterranean Duplex – Jewish Book Council and MJL, Jan 2012.

On Nathaniel Mackey’s “From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate” – Callalloo: A Journal of African Diaspora of Arts and Letters – Fall 2011.

John Zorn’s Dreamer’s Christmas album – Tablet Magazine, December 2011.

Interview with Admiel Kosman and Lisa Katz – The Forward, December 2011.

On Jerome Rothenberg’s Biography of Lost Poems – The Forward, October 2011.

Beyond Poetry: Ammiel Alcalay – Forward Blog, September 2011.

Invitation to Protest: Poetic Summon From Anat Levin – Forward Blog, September 2011.

Elsewhere: Andre Aciman’s ‘Alibis’ – Tablet Magazine, September 2011.

Niche Closed: On Passing of Samuel Menashe – Forward Blog, August 2011.

How Real is Philip Levine? – Forward Blog, August 2011.

Engineering Epic Poetry: Louis Zukofsky Is Back in Print – Forward, July 2011.

Love Is Talk: More Than a Dialogue’ Between Poet Paul Celan and Ilana Shmueli – in collaboration with Shoshana Olidort for the Forward, July 2011.

Three Kangaroo Poems from Judith Baumel – Forward Blog, July 2011.

Full Bloom: On Bella Meyer, New York Florist & grand-daughter of Marc Chagall – in collaboration with Shoshana Olidort for Tablet Magazine, June 2011.

Daniel Kahn’s “Lost Causes” CD – Forward Blog, June 2011.

Dog-Eared Poetry: Three Works by Erica Baum – Forward Blog, June 2011.

Poetic Resources of Jewish Folklore: Three Works by Howard Schwartz – Forward Blog, June 2011.

Jerry Rothenberg feature/a> – Forward Blog, May 2011.

Poetry Month Special in the Forward: interviews and also and brief intro – Forward, April 2011.

John Zorn Goes Beyond Collage With ‘Interzone’ – Forward Blog, March 2011.

As a Woman, Being Reborn: Joy Ladin’s “Coming to Life” – Forward, February 2011.

Shakin’ That Melancholy With the Afro-Semitic Experience – Forward Blog, February 2011.

Concrete Poetry or Shiviti? Four Works by Hank Lazer – Forward Blog, February 2011.

Love Poetry in the Time of Conflict: Aharon Shabtai’s Erotic and Political Passions – Forward, December 2010.

Seeking Jazz or Sex Or Soup? Allen Ginsberg in Print, Film, and Comic – Forward, September 2010.

Introducing Maya Pindyck (A Tel Aviv State of Mind) – Forward, October 2010.

Seeking Jazz or Sex Or Soup? Massive review of Ginsberg’s legacy – Forward, September 2010.

Introducing Renee Blitz, Rant as a Jewish Art Form – Forward, August 2010.

Introducing Ronny Someck, a Sun Sonnet – Forward, July 2010.

On Deep Tones for Peace project – Forward, July 2010.

Troubadors of Post-Modernity: David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg – Forward, June 2010.

Oh, Herring! – MJL, April 2010.

Fussing on the Cliff: Charles Bernstein’s new book – Forward, Mar 2010

For the Love of Chrain! – MJL, Mar 2010

Blog Piece on Tuli Kupferberg’s Tribute/Fundraiser – Forward’s Bintel Blog, Mar 2010

Reviewing the Blue Jew Yorker – Forward, Jan 2010

Orgies on the Green Line: Poetry of Jasmine Donahaye – Forward, Jan 2010

To (Richard) Hell and Back – Forward, Dec 2009

Transports of Jazz: Herman Leonard’s Time Machine – Forward, Dec 2009

Philip Levine’s News of The World – Forward, Nov 2009

Chana Bloch’s ‘Blood Honey’: Where Abraham Meets Baba Yaga – Forward, Nov 2009

Jennifer Kronovet’s “Awayward” is Way Inward – Forward, Oct 2009

The Shrine Whose Shape I Am: The Poetry of Samuel Menashe – Forward, Sep 2009

Isaac Babel: Gangsters, beggars, prostitutes and other inhabitants of Jewish Odessa – MJL, Aug 2009

A Visit with Samuel Menashe – MJL, July 2009