The Silence of Men

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The Silence of Men confronts and breaks the silence in men’s lives surrounding sex, family, power and violence; graphic and intimate, celebratory and heartbreakingly painful, these are the poems of a survivor for whom writing, because it breaks that silence, has been a primary means of survival.
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Overview

The Silence of Men confronts and breaks the silence in men’s lives surrounding sex, family, power and violence; graphic and intimate, celebratory and heartbreakingly painful, these are the poems of a survivor for whom writing, because it breaks that silence, has been a primary means of survival.
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Robin Behn
"From Korea to Manhattan, and from the haunted voices still rising from the concentration camps, Richard Jeffrey Newman's The Silence of Men exposes the violence of men toward men, and men toward women, and the tenderness also, the resounding tenderness. His is an unremitting empathy, as uncommon as it is necessary. Such a brave debut."
Robin Behn
“From Korea to Manhattan, and from the haunted voices still rising from the concentration camps, Richard Jeffrey Newman’s The Silence of Men exposes the violence of men toward men, and men toward women, and the tenderness also, the resounding tenderness. His is an unremitting empathy, as uncommon as it is necessary. Such a brave debut.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972304580
  • Publisher: Cavankerry Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD JEFFREY NEWMAN, an associate professor at Nassau Community College, New York, is an essayist, poet and translator who has been publishing his work since 1988, when the essay “His Sexuality; Her Reproductive Rights” appeared in Changing Men magazine. Since then, his essays, poems, and translations have appeared in a wide range of journals, among them Prairie Schooner and Birmingham Poetry Review. He has given talks and led workshops on writing autobiographically about gender, sex, and sexuality. His translation of selections from Saadi's Gulistan, a thirteenth-century masterpiece, was published by Global Scholarly Publications. The Silence of Men is the first book of his own poetry to be published.
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Table of Contents

What I carry with me 3
Like wet clay on a wheel 9
Again 10
Rachel's story 11
Working the dotted line 12
The taste of a little boy's trust 16
Going somewhere else 18
Light 20
Wormholes 21
Who knew? 22
Slice of life 23
Ibrahim's story 25
Then, as now, I couldn't look away 26
Coitus interruptus 27
Dear Yoon 33
Dear Ji-in 34
Surrender 35
Op ed 36
Sarah's story 40
Mirage 41
Your breasts 42
After drought 43
Here 44
Because 45
Now 46
After the funeral 48
Between men 49
After dancing in the Diana Nightclub with a woman my friend paid for against my wishes 50
After saying goodbye to you three times in three days 52
To the woman at the bar 55
Ezra's story 57
Bait and switch 58
Home 59
Yossi's story 62
What there is for me to hold to 63
Kashrut 66
Melissa's story 67
Commerce 68
Bill's story 71
The silence of men 72
The speed and weight of justice 73
Story 76
The Talmud says 78
Isaac's story 79
You will, of course, assume it is for you 80
My father loses his grip 82
Covenant 83
The haunting 87
Worst nightmare 88
Jill's story 90
Ethics of the fathers 92
Catching my breath 93
Poem from the Barnes and Noble Cafe 94
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