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Chicken Fat

Chicken Fat

by Barbara Krasner


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In Chicken Fat, poet-historian Barbara Krasner reaches into her family history and pulls out visceral stories of Jewish identity, food, and loss that while deeply personal, hold universal appeal. From pleas to Old World grandparents to reminiscences of family vacations in the Catskills, from the Sabbath to the Jewish New Year, from birth to death, this collection of soulful poems recalls connections and disconnections inherent in the circle of life. The poems “Grandma Ruth” and “Because I’m Jewish” earned Honorable Mentions in the Allen Ginsberg awards. A glossary explains Yiddish and Hebrew terms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635343403
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 11/17/2017
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.08(d)

About the Author

Barbara Diane Krasner is an award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for adults and children. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in History from William Paterson University, where she teaches creative writing, composition, and history. History inspires her poetry, which has appeared in numerous journals, including Nimrod, Paterson Literary Review, Rust + Moth, Jewish Women's Literary Journal, and Blue Lyra Review. She is the author of Discovering Your Jewish Ancestors (Heritage Quest, 2001) and served as contributing editor to History Magazine and two genealogy magazines. She publishes the popular blog, The Whole Megillah

Table of Contents

Chicken Fat 1

Grandma Ruth 2

Because I’m Jewish 3

The Circle of Life 5

Where Do I Live? 6

Generations at the Cemetery 8

A Stone for a Stone 10

Bearing Witness 12

Shiva 13

The Granit 16

Eppes Essen 18

Bei Mir Bistu Shayn 20

Quilted 21

My Mother Was Dead 22

Elegy to Aunt Jo 23

Twin Journey 24

First Memories 25

Things in the Junk Drawer 26

When I Dream of Twisters 27

Dirt 28

Glossary 29

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