Diorama With Fleeing Figures

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Poetry. With illustrations by Evan Siegel. "The poems in Merle Bachman's DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES are intense, visceral and transformative. 'We aren't meant to know so much of the world,' yet the knowing in this poetry is exactly what each of us craves, the 'translation not yet written' that leads us to both question and believe in the depth of human experience"--Colleen Lookingbill.
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Overview


Poetry. With illustrations by Evan Siegel. "The poems in Merle Bachman's DIORAMA WITH FLEEING FIGURES are intense, visceral and transformative. 'We aren't meant to know so much of the world,' yet the knowing in this poetry is exactly what each of us craves, the 'translation not yet written' that leads us to both question and believe in the depth of human experience"--Colleen Lookingbill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848610125
  • Publisher: Shearsman Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 0.21 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Merle Lyn Bachman started out in Albany, New York, where she first discovered her affinity for languages and poetry. She is the grand-daughter of Yiddish-speaking immigrants who fled Poland and Russia and came to New York around 1912, where they tried (and failed) at chicken farming. In 2000, Etherdome Press published her poetry chapbook, The Opposite of Vanishing. In 2008, Syracuse University Press published her book, Recovering 'Yiddishland': Threshold Moments in American Literature. A combination of literary criticism, translation, and memoir, it is also her dissertation for the Ph.D. in English, which she earned from the State University of New York at Albany. Bachman lived in the San Francisco area for many years before a job drew her to Louisville, Kentucky, where she is currently assistant professor of English at Spalding University and director of its Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing. She continues to explore her relationship to Yiddish and her Eastern European roots, and the question of what "home" means, particularly as a non-Zionist Jew.
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Table of Contents

Under the Falls 9

(the body tells its story) 13

Lonely Planet 27

Shadow Song 36

Shtetl Photographs 39

Fragments - from the Black Forest 43

A Few Words from the Future 51

Es Brent Zikh 55

The Burning 63

Amsterdam 64

Abandoning Jerusalem 69

No Evil Eye 77

In The Memory Room 81

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