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by Yvette Neisser Moreno

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Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award

In her debut poetry collection, Grip, Yvette Neisser Moreno delves into the legacies passed down by her Jewish family: the experience of surviving the Holocaust, immigration from Europe to the U.S., and the ever-presence of music imbued by her German grandparents. Rooted in these experiences, she further explores World War II in Juliek's Violin�a poem inspired by Elie Wiesel's Night�and Gliding Through This Place, about Japanese peace heroine Sadako Sasaki. She also reflects on current events through a Jewish lens, as in Now, Anything Can Quicken Your Heartbeat, which fuses the Yom Kippur holiday of atonement with reflections on 9/11. From there, Moreno digs deep into her family as well as the world around her. For example, in the sequence Night in the Desert, she takes us on a journey through Egypt�where she engages with Muslim culture, the Palestinian�Israeli conflict, the Arabic language, ancient history, and the mysteries of the desert�and in the book's final section, My Father's Shadow, she traces the process of grieving for her father. Along the way, she meditates on stories that have moved her, from a Ray Bradbury story, to an orca named Luna, to a mockingbird in its final moments. But even when the poems tell someone else's story, they are imbued with a Jewish sense of what it means to survive.

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BN ID: 2940150509122
Publisher: Gival Press
Publication date: 08/13/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 102
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Yvette Neisser Moreno is a poet, translator, and literary advocate. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Foreign Policy in Focus, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetic Voices Without Borders, and the forthcoming "The New Promised Land: An Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poets." She co-translated with Patricia Bejarano Fisher South Pole/Polo Sur by Mar�a Teresa Ogliastri (Settlement House, 2011) and edited Difficult Beauty by Luis Alberto Ambroggio (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009). She has given readings and presentations at the Library of Congress, the Embassy of Argentina, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Busboys and Poets, and Fall for the Book Festival (George Mason University), and has been featured on the public radio program "The Poet and the Poem." With a specialization in the Middle East, she has worked as an international program coordinator, writer, editor, and translator, and has taught at various institutions, most recently at The George Washington University, Catholic University, and The Writer's Center. Her book reviews and articles on poetry and translation have appeared in the Palestine-Israel Journal, The Montserrat Review, POST NO ILLS, and elsewhere. She is on the programming committee of Split This Rock Poetry Festival and is the founder of the DC-Area Literary Translators Network (DC-ALT). In 2012, she was the first runner-up for the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award sponsored by Poets & Writers. Raised in California and New Jersey, she lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and two children.

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