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Exile by Julia Knobloch

I have come to sojourn in desert vastness where the wind won’t cease Purple glow on fallen branches, palm tree fronds Gleaming copper eyes surveil the flats at dusk I have come to know you, vacant city your orange groves…

Author Photo by: Ilan Harel

On Suffering by Jared Harél

On Suffering after Wislawa Szymborska Pity it insists on visiting the innocent,  the absent-minded and ill-prepared.  It greets an old tailor as he tucks away  his tape measure. Drops in on a woman  jogging near the park. With no regard …

Yortsayt by Julie Sugar

Yortsayt The word came up with an acquaintance. I told him it’s the Yiddish words for “year” and “time”  combined: it’s that time of year, it’s the yortsayt. He laughed — well this was over text, he laugh-emojied — and…

The New Colossus Fights Back

By Alicia Ostriker Emma Lazarus’ famous poem “The New Colossus” has been part of my mental furniture since childhood. All my grandparents arrived in this country from Eastern Europe around the turn of the 20th century. For them as for…

Daniel Sieradski