Yeshiva Boys: Poems

( 1 )

Overview

David Lehman, a poet of wit, ingenuity, and formidable skill, draws upon his heritage as a grandson of Holocaust victims and offers a stirring autobiographical collection of poems that is his most ambitious work to date. It covers an expansive range of subjects — from love, sex, and romance to repentance, humility, the meaning of democracy, Existentialism, modern European history, military intelligence, and the rituals associated with faith and prayer. The title poem, "Yeshiva Boys," is a work in twelve parts ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $72.64   
  • Used (5) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$72.64
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(920)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new and unread! Join our growing list of satisfied customers!

Ships from: Phoenix, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Yeshiva Boys: Poems

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price

Overview

David Lehman, a poet of wit, ingenuity, and formidable skill, draws upon his heritage as a grandson of Holocaust victims and offers a stirring autobiographical collection of poems that is his most ambitious work to date. It covers an expansive range of subjects — from love, sex, and romance to repentance, humility, the meaning of democracy, Existentialism, modern European history, military intelligence, and the rituals associated with faith and prayer. The title poem, "Yeshiva Boys," is a work in twelve parts that blends the elements of espionage fiction, memory, history, and moral philosophy. It reflects David's experience as a student in an orthodox Yeshiva, and it, along with many other poems in the book, explores what it means to be a Jew in America, what is gained and lost in assimilating to secular culture, how to understand the peculiar destiny of the Jewish people, and how to reconcile the existence of God with the knowledge of evil. Beautiful, provocative, and accessible, this is David Lehman's most inspired collection.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Disarmingly casual, unexpectedly serious, alert to his predecessors and mentors in literature and in life, Best American Poetry series editor Lehman (When a Woman Loves a Man) has produced a seventh book of uncommon variety. Some poems consider writing itself, as inspiration, as vocation, as business—“That's the thing about ambitious middle-aged writers/ who used to be young: each has a secret problem,/ and if they confess it, they think it will advance/ their careers.” Others seek the informality that Lehman's readers have come to expect. The Jewish content promised by the title arrives in force late in the volume, as the title poem cuts between Lehman's remembered childhood and his adult meditations on heritage and the Holocaust: “I feel as if my real life is somewhere else, I left it/ back in 1938.” (Lehman's mother, who speaks the prose epilogue, describes her life as a child in Vienna and as a refugee.) Lehman, who lives in New York, remains alert to many styles and forms; as a poet he has often followed in the tracks of Kenneth Koch and Frank O'Hara. The title poem, leaving those influences behind, will seem to some readers flat and without style, to others as personal and as profound as anything Lehman has written. (Nov.)
Library Journal
What does it mean to be a member of God's chosen race if God is dead? This newest work by Lehman (series editor, Best American Poetry) looks at that question from several perspectives: up close and far away, as well as philosophically, historically, sociologically, playfully, and seriously. Mostly conversational, these poems assume several voices, one for each section of the book. There is a youth, an old man (one of the boys from the title poem), and an old woman, with the two old people probably Lehman's parents. Each voice has its own take on Jewishness, the Holocaust, and a God who may or may not be present. VERDICT A thorough knowledge of literature and literary techniques informs Lehman's eighth book of verse. Nevertheless, with puns, paradox, alliteration, and other figures of sound as well as a poetic style that relies heavily on allusions, these poems—with the exception of a few gems—seem like literary exercises as opposed to experiences. Recommended for academics.—Diane Scharper, Towson Univ., MD
From the Publisher
"Disarmingly casual, unexpectedly serious, alert to his predecessors and mentors in literature and in life...Lehman has produced an eighth book of uncommon variety.... As personal and profound as anything Lehman has written." -Publishers Weekly

"These poems comprise offerings, elegantly undercut with wit, to the gods and goddesses of language and wordplay, poetic form and poetry's rich history. But more than that, they reflect an expansive mind's enormous complexity as it recounts a lived life. The whole of a world is here, and the remnants of an era — from Dinah Shore to Bob Dylan, from Hitler to Nixon. Under the pretense of a 'new project to ward off ennui' Lehman has written a brilliant slant-told story of coming-of-age in America in the Cold War era, a story that captures that period's disquiet and confusions, as well as its remembered pleasures. Each poem is a set piece in the history of becoming. They are intelligent, wry, and sometimes lacerating in their moments of melancholic tenderness." — Mary Jo Bang, author of Elegy

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439136171
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 11/17/2009
  • Pages: 95
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lehman, series editor of The Best American Poetry, is also the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His books of poetry include New and Selected Poems, When a Woman Loves a Man, and The Daily Mirror. He teaches in the New School graduate writing program and lives in New York City and Ithaca, New York.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

On Purpose

"What is the purpose of your poems?"
I'm glad you asked me that as I stand here in Mr. Ferry's eleventh-grade English class in Lake Forest High School I have given a lot of thought to "purpose"
Walking with a purposeful air in New York City has obvious benefits in the chill of the night with wind and it's even better when it's no bluff you do know where you're going from day to day and you know when it's over so it's like a story with a beginning middle and end yet you could not tell me the purpose of high school humiliation and I could not tell you the purpose of this dream where you get up from these desks and go to college and become lawyers or failures or soccer moms and when you wake up you will have no recollection of this encounter in the dark but it will linger nevertheless and bring refreshment to your soul

Copyright © 2009 by David Lehman

Homily

Man has the will to grieve a week and no longer.

Ever the stranger he will kill with righteous anger.

What does he believe?
In his right to trade a season of greed

for an hour of love in an unlit corner.
Such is love's power,

though it last no longer.
And such is his need than which nothing is stronger.

Copyright © 2009 by David Lehman

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

On Purpose 3

A Dedication 4

Confessions of a Mask 5

The Shield of a Greeting 7

Salutation 8

Election Day 10

The Road to Help 12

Coded Love Poem 13

Summer Romance 14

Hopper 15

Hymn to Man 16

Post Time 18

The Hotel Fiesta Sestina 19

Desolation Row 21

"But Only ..." 22

Les Enfants terribles 23

Obit 26

Money Variations 27

Curse 30

Death, the Theory 31

The "Quickmuse" Poems 32

Homily 37

The Kiss 38

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning 39

The Will to Live 43

L'Shana Tova 46

The Trip Not Taken 49

Paris, 1971 51

French Movie 55

Existentialism 57

The Change 60

On Humility 61

Ambivalence 64

God Will Provide 65

Days of Penitence and Awe 67

God: A Sestina 69

Prophecy 71

Yeshiva Boys 72

Epilogue 87

Acknowledgments and Notes 91

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)