Proletpen: America's Rebel Yiddish Poets


This unique anthology translates for the first time a little-known body of Yiddish poetry by American Yiddish proletarian writers who identified politically and poetically with the American Left from the 1920s to the early 1950s.
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This unique anthology translates for the first time a little-known body of Yiddish poetry by American Yiddish proletarian writers who identified politically and poetically with the American Left from the 1920s to the early 1950s.
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"By making available in English for the first time this political poetry, Amelia Glaser and David Weintraub have created a significant and useful resource for scholars, students and teachers of Yiddish and American poetry, and of Jewish and American history."—Kathryn Hellerstein, University of Pennsylvania

“A collection of great literary and academic merit, presenting a wide and multifaceted selection of poets and poems. . . . [Allows] the reader to hear the different voices of the poets.”—Dror Abend-David, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal

“Yields unexpected treasures.”—Julia Wolf Mazow, Lilith Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299208042
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

    Amelia Glaser, formerly a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center who received her Ph.D in comparative literature from Stanford University, is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.
    David Weintraub is Executive Director of the Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture in Coral Gables, Florida. The Center is in the forefront of revitalizing and reenergizing the Yiddish language, helping to reveal the rich Yiddish culture, language, and stories that were once so basic to Jewish life.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the days of proletpen in American Yiddish poetry 3
New York 30
My New York street sings 36
from America 38
Shadows 40
from "On the Hudson" 42
Wolves 44
By the river 48
On the street corner 52
Men 54
In your eyes 60
from "To my shtetl years" 62
A blessing over bread 64
Italian masons 66
The miner's family 70
Sacco and Vanzetti 74
Vanzetti's ghost 76
Visiting Jesus 82
On roads 88
My father the foundryman 100
Two songs of a blacksmith 108
At the machine 112
The machine 114
Figaro 116
Strike 120
The call 122
Chandeliers 124
Shir Asheydim Ansher 126
from "Going up" 128
Negro song 136
Scottsboro 138
Scottsboro 142
Done a good job 144
Neckst 152
Grand Central by night 158
Negro on the subway 160
Whiteness 164
A Negro dies 166
Jim the janitor is dead 170
The fly 176
Hounds howl at the moon 178
Earth dream 182
Breath of spring 186
Winter 190
The hungerdance 192
The man who is out of work talks to his son about the sunset 198
Ballad of the night 200
Rain 202
When the moon isn't shining 204
To a butterfly 208
Bring me your woes 220
Strike of the coal miners 222
In any case 226
The old woman 228
My October song 230
Vengeance 232
Eviction fight 234
Rosa Luxemburg 236
Anna Pauker 238
We are the heirs 242
Not-a 244
Kh'hob dikh lib 254
To my beloved 256
Triangle 258
Threesome 260
Your arms 262
Sonnet and duet for flapper and poet 264
Fight and play 266
My heart 270
My Bas-Sheva 272
A kiss 276
In pencil 278
The song 284
I have not woven my poems ... 286
Today 288
Sergei Yesenin 290
Morris Winchevsky 294
To Mani Leyb 298
Hands 300
The brave coward 302
Out of the depths 310
Dead chrysanthemums 312
Spanish lullaby 318
Andalusian landscape 322
No Pasaran 326
War lullaby 330
Greetings from my shtetl (a letter from Poland) 332
My shtetl on the Dnestr 336
Child, you new man 338
Toye-voye 340
Word 346
Her three unborn baby boys 354
Suicide 360
A third 362
The man who hanged himself 366
A man falls at work 370
Selfwriting 372
Without God's blessing 374
Kaddish 376
Afterwards 378
Gambling 380
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