Re-Jew-venated

September 20, 2011

Richard Labonte reviewed Milk and Honey, a "vibrant collection" of Jewish lesbian poetry.

In the land of milk and honey, there is room for a myriad of voices expressing a spectrum of emotions and witnessing a pantheon of moments – rage and humor, passion and regret, secular necessity and sexual desire, political exhortation and personal reflection. That's how it is in this collection of work by more than 30 poets, every one somehow queer and in some way Jewish. It's a slim chapbook but it overflows with a wealth of imagery and ideas, featuring a well-curated mix of elders – Melanie Kaye-Kantrowitz is here, and Elana Dykewomon, and Joan Nestle, and Marilyn Hacker – and of a newer generation of poet, among them Jess Novak, Megan Volpert, Joanna Hoffman, Allison Wonderland, and editor Enszer. Ellen Bass celebrates loving a woman, Ellen Orleans honors the dead, Eleanor Levine pleasures herself in a bathtub on Yom Kippur, Eryca Kasse goes into Yom Kippur yearning to be loved – varied experiences, yet each centered on and drawing from a distinctive faith in this vibrant collection.

If you're in or around New York City, come out and hear "a myriad of voices" when Milk and Honey contributors read from the anthology.

You'll have an L of a time.

Thursday, September 22, 10:30 p.m. EST
Radio Interview with Lara Zielinsky on BlogTalkRadio
Join Lara Zielinsky, Marla Brettschneider, Sandra Tarlin, and Margarita Miniovich for a discussion of Milk and Honey on BlogTalkRadio.

Monday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.
172 Allen St.
New York, NY
Featuring Julie R. Enszer, Joanna Hoffman, and Eleanor Levine

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.
Reading at The City College of New York, sponsored by The Simon H. Rifkind Center
160 Convent Ave.
New York, NY
Featuring Julie R. Enszer, Sandra Tarlin, Hilary Lustick, Rose Fox, and Sima Rabinowitz

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

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