Over the Rooftops of Time [NOOK Book]

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In this collection of essays, stories, and poems, award-winning poet and fiction writer Myra Sklarew traces a journey across the latter half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Her point of view is Jewish, though her subjects include science, exile, the future, the Holocaust, the remaining Jewish community of Morocco, Yiddish poetry, the visual arts, and teaching. Many of these pieces deal with personal subjects-the search for a grandfather's birthplace, the death of a mother, the profound effect ...
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Over the Rooftops of Time

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Overview

In this collection of essays, stories, and poems, award-winning poet and fiction writer Myra Sklarew traces a journey across the latter half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Her point of view is Jewish, though her subjects include science, exile, the future, the Holocaust, the remaining Jewish community of Morocco, Yiddish poetry, the visual arts, and teaching. Many of these pieces deal with personal subjects-the search for a grandfather's birthplace, the death of a mother, the profound effect of a teacher, the struggle of a woman to embrace Judaism. Whether writing about medicine, Messiah, or the first speech of an infant, Sklarew's work finds its roots in Judaism, a Judaism fashioned in large part by the author's own hands. Ultimately, the book is about access, about following one's own curiosity despite the obstacles that might appear along the way. And it is about a kind of belief: that nothing will be wasted, that all that we can learn will have a place in our lives eventually, though we may not know its purpose at the time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791487662
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Myra Sklarew is Professor of Literature at American University and the author of many books, including Lithuania: New and Selected Poems and The Witness Trees: Lithuania. She is the recipient of the National Jewish Book Council Award in Poetry, the Di Castagnola Award, and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Learning the Language
The Landscape of Dislocation 3
From the Backyard of the Diaspora 8
Learning the Language 10
Who Has Not Dreamed of Flying 18
Yiddish Poetry 23
Morocco: Gauze Curtains, Round Tombs, Hidden Jews 27
What Hasanin M'Barak Said 33
Like a Field Riddled by Ants
In the Afterlife Which is a Library 37
The Messenger 39
Getting There 43
Like a Field Riddled by Ants 48
My Companion the Aleph-Bet 54
The World Is a Parchment Scrawled with Words
Khamsin 61
Night Watch 65
A Journal for John Holmes 69
From Alexandria to American via Amtrak 76
Interview with Joseph Brodsky February 28, 1979 79
The Howard Poets in Perspective 89
Counterpoint 93
Life, the Unfinished Experiment
The Selfish Gene (or, Cortazar's Watch) 101
The Knockout Mouse on the Doorstep of Neurobiology (or, the Mind/Body Problem Revisited) 103
AIDS: Latency and HIV Reservoirs: In the Dark Backward and Abysm of Time 106
Human Gene Therapy: Harnessing the Body's Defenses Against Cancer 109
The Puzzle People 114
Genes, Blood, and Courage: A Boy Called Immortal Sword 117
Root Causes: Stem Cells and the Tower of Babel 121
The Statue Within 126
A Place Called Gehinom
Writing the Holocaust: auch ohne/Sprache 133
Holocaust 149
On Muranowska Street 150
Then 152
1941 154
The Roots of Resistance: Le Chambon 156
Instructions for the Messiah
Crossing Over 161
Instructions for the Messiah 163
What is a Jewish Poem? 165
Certainty 167
Crossing into the New Millennium: American University Convocation, August 1998 170
Grandfather: Lost and Found 176
Ode to the Czar's Assassin 182
The Messiah Reconsidered 187
Notes 191
Index 195
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