Challenging Theodor Adorno's famous statement that "writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric," Beyond Lament is a rich and varied anthology consisting of new and previously published poems about the atrocity of the Holocaust. While writing poetry about the Holocaust may be considered by some to be a futile attempt to express the inexpressible, for many the need to give voice to the anger and despair of the Holocaust is as essential as the need to come to grips with its unspeakable horror.
Editor Marguerite M. Striar has arranged the nearly 300 poems in this volume to tell the story beginmning with the early premonitions of Nazi evil in 1933, through the course of the unthinkable violence that ended in 1945 with Hitler's demise, to the flourishing of concern for human rights in the aftermath of the Holocaust. These works by well-known poets such as Paul Celan, Nelly Sachs, Czeslaw Milosz, Dannie Abse, and Robert Pinsky, as well as many lesser-known or unknown poets, show how poetry makes history memorable, confirm the resiliance of the human spirit, and prove that even in the fact of great suffering, the flame of creation will not be extinguished.
In Defense of Poetry After Poetry, Jane Schapiro a jew's love for language, Chaia L. Heller The Book of Lamentations, Leo Haber Song Is a Monument, Yala Korwin Letter to a Poet, Herman Taube Dedication, Czesław Miłosz
The Beginning: Premonitions and Prophesies Where We Are, Peter Desy A Transport of Children, Cornel Lengyel Oma's Opera Fan, Rochelle Natt Born in Safety, 1941: a broken villanelle, Davi Walders The Last Letter, Charles F. Streckfus The Photograph, Mary Engel Hearing Him Talk, Barbara Goldberg The Document Room at Nuremberg, Enid Shomer Choni, The Circle Man, Asher Torren The Non-Emigrant (My Father in Nazi Germany), Lotte Kramer On Shutting the Door, Lotte Kramer Fugue, Lotte Kramer A New Subject, Lotte Kramer The Class of '38, Herbert Kuhner Circus,Vera Weislitz
The Nightmare Becomes Reality Kristallnacht, Sue Saniel Elkind Last Train to Auschwitz, Lois Van Houten I'm Chugging into France, Julia Stein Heading East, Davi Walders Goethe's Tree, Annie Dawid The Synagogue of Florence, Lena L. Charney Perhaps a Friend of Anne Frank's, Samuel Exler "More Light! More Light!" Anthony Hecht Like Butterflies, Mark Pawlak Photo, Kraków 1939, Donna Reis The German Officer Writes a Letter, Elisavietta Ritchie To Make Sacred, Reeve Robert Brenner Doubling, Lester Speiser The Death of the Partisan Girl: Russia, Tom Wayman Even the old men's last breath, Nelly Sachs Abuse, Dahlia Ravikovitch At Babi Yar, Jo Nelson After the War, Lily Brett A Jewish Baby in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1941, Leatrice Lifshitz Dachau '44, Judith Berke Unanswerable Questions, Terezin, Reva Sharon Letter to Dina, John Bradley See, Nadia! P. M. Callen Folk Art, Judith Chalmer Children's Dreams at Theresienstadt, Margaret DelGuercio Buchenwald, Samuel Exler Rehearsal at Terezin, Darcy Gottlieb Der Verabeitung, Processing, Mark Pawlak Treblinka, 1944, T. W. Perkins At Birkenau, T. W. Perkins Sweet Sixteen, Vera Weislitz Children II, Lily Brett Inivisble, Lily Brett Selection, Lily Brett Another Selection, Lily Brett The Toilet, Lily Brett Possessions of the Rich, Lily Brett The Sonderkommando, Lily Brett The First Job, Lily Brett Renya's Baby, Lily Brett To the Left, Lily Brett Overload, Lily Brett The Shower, Jill Bart A Message from the Past for the Present, Christina Pacosz Gas Ovens, Joanna M. Weston Warsaw Ghetto, Harold Black Poland, Lily Brett Home Movie of Poland, Colette Inez Faces in Swamps, Abraham Sutzkever A Voice from the Heart, Abraham Sutzkever I Feel Like Sarying a Prayer, Abraham Sutzkever Burnt Pearls, Abraham Sutzkever I Am Lying in This Coffin, Abraham Sutzkever To the Thin Vein in My Head, Abraham Sutzkever On the Subject of Roses, Abraham Sutzkever For a Comrade, Abraham Sutzkever Poland, Daniel Weissbort
In Memoriam Like the Flash of a Bird's Wing, Marguerite M. Striar The Holocaust Museum in Washington, Leo Haber The Sky Was Not a Friendly Place, Patricia D'Alessandro Kol Nidre, Elayne Goldman Clift Yahrzeit, Miriam Kessler Bronze Drama, Yala Korwin Zalman, Seymour Mayne I Mourn My Death, Pauline K. Schmookler Memorial Day: The Viet Nam Memorial, Cynthia Pinkus Russell October Flowers in Prague, Rybus To Gisi Fleischmann, Joan Campion Learning the Part of Otto Frank in The Diary Anne Frank, Mark Cannaday To Rosa Cavalieri, who was taken to the camps, Grace Cavalieri Personal to Kaplan, Judith Chalmer Female Jewish History: Aunt Anka, Jean Colonomos Female Jewish History: Aunt Tanya, Jean Colonomos For Janusz Korczak, Charles Fishman Isolde, Dead in Vichy France, Jean Hollander Buddha and Me, Barry Ivker Kristallnacht '88, Marta Knobloch For Mirjam Lenka, Barbara Lefcowitz Raoul Wallenberg Slept Well Last Night, Jim Ignatius Mills Mystery My History, Victor Mingovits Poem Beginning with a Line by Fitzgerald/Hemingway, Alicia Ostriker Martyr, Elizabeth Rees In Der Nacht (In the Night), Curtis Robbins The Beginning of the Lies, Diana Rubin Kaddish for Felix Nussbaum (1904-1944), Willa Schneberg Ursula Goetze, Gary Sea Erika von Brockdorff, Gary Sea Ottilie Pohl, Gary Sea Motele the Incongruous, Lester Speiser Martyrs of Israel, Bradley R. Strahan The March of the Orphans—August 5, 1942, Rich Michelson Two Boys 1940-44, Lotte Kramer Jankel, André Heller Last Rites for Bert Brecht, Mimi Grossberg Biography, Stella Rotenberg In the Absence of Yellow, Reva Sharon
The Liberation The Last Day, Lily Brett This Broken Silence, Bruce V. J. Curley Twilight of the World, Jacob Glatstein A New Command, Jo Nelson The Shower, Tsipi Keller
The Aftermath Anonymous Recollection, Robert Anbian Auschwitz, August 1988, Linda Ashear Kristallnacht, 1991, Crystal V. Bacon The Tattoo, Judith Berke Inscribed, Lisa Bernstein Displaced, Lily Brett I Have Never Known, Lily Brett The Immigration Man, Lily Brett The Cake, Lily Brett An Die Musik (Schubert), Ruth Daigon The Death Mazurka, Charles Fishman The Children, Charles Fishman Train to Munich, D. Dina Friedman This Week, Roberta Gould Being Seemingly Unscathed, Israel Halpern The Chosen, Jean Hollander Bone Songs, Barry Ivker Family Tree, Alvin M. Laster Rebecca, TobyLorber Traveling to Der Bad, Arlene Maass Celia Dances, Stanley Nelson Recognition, On My Child's Face, Betty Renshaw The Man with the Monocle, Layle Silbert Grandmother Lost, Esther Crystal Taking the Holocaust to Bed, Annie Dawid Stateless Person, Annie Dawid The History of the Night, Dina Elenbogen Survivor, Elizabeth Rees Sealed, Bina Goldfield Household Rules. Farwell Avenue, Chicago 1946, Lisa Ress Tattoo, Gregg Shapiro Portraits of the Shadows in the Flames, Leslie What Trapped in Mea Shearim, Shel Krakofsky Where Jackals Run and Vultures Fly, Thomas R. Verny A Ballad for Tourists, Larry Rubin Collectible, Anna Bart Because No One Said "No!" Roseline Intrater Judische Friedhof: Kaiserslautern, Emily Carolyn Joyce After Visiting Dachau, Rita Kiefer Ilse's Poem, Rita Kiefer Daughter, A Gift of Red Shoes, Kendall LeCompte Springtime Near Munich, Merrill Leffler 1945, Bernard Mikofsky Cambodian Holocaust, Bernard Mikovsky The Fifties, E. Ethelbert Miller Malediction, Karl Plank Ash Wednesday, Karl Plank One More Holocaust Poem, Elliot Richman Rage Before Pardon: An Interview with Elie Wiesel, Marguerite M. Striar The Children's Museum at the Holocaust Memorial, Joanne Seltzer Dachau 1968, Joan I. Siegel Anne Frank, John Foster West The Suitcase, Evelyn Wexler Badge, Michele Wolf In the Kibbutz Laundry, Elaine Starkman The Burden of Memory, Kenny Fries What Is Required, Jacob Gusewelle Roots, Helene Hoffman Hello, Mitchell Waldman Yom Hashoah, Never Again, Shel Krakofsky Danger: No Explosives, Shel Krakofsky My Jewish Husband, Sandra Collier Verny No More Mozart, Dannie Abse Role Reversal, Anne Kind Two Poems, Walter Bauer Traveling to the Capitals, Walter Bauer Free from Shame, Neil C. Scott The Victims of the "Victims," Peter Daniel Again, Tamar Radzyner The Gardens, David Curzon Remembrance, Bruce Bennett Seriatim, Robert Frauenglas Overlooking Jena, Paul Cummins Survivor, Barbara Goldberg The Shop, Elliot Richman These Ultimate Survivors, Marguerite M. Strair The Daughter of Survivors, Hilary Tham (Goldberg) 33 Union Square West, David Gershator Herringbone Overcoat, Jacob Gusewelle Insects Won the Battle, Herman Taube My Mother's Prayer Book, Shel Krakofsky In a Bicycle Repair Shop, Shel Krakofsky The Survivor, A. Alvarez An Old Story, B. Z. Niditch Sonnets, Richard Newman In Memory of Smoke, Michael Waters Pinochle Day, Frieda Arkin Outcast, Bina Goldfield Remembering, Enid Shomer Forging Links, Joan Seliger Sidney Arbeit Macht Frei, Reva Sharon Lettuce for Anne Frank, Janice Townley Moore Berlin: Savor Hotel, Herman Taube El Tango Fabuloso, Ashes Torren Lithuania, Myra Sklarew A Letter to Hans Purvogel, Paul Cummins Inspection, Deborah De Nicola Cinema III, Christopher Fahy Art and Politics, Barry Ivker Criminal Sonnet XXXVIII, Phyllis Koestenbaum Ronald Reagan in Germany, Joanne Seltzer Our Holocaust Dead, Hilary Tham (Goldberg) Waiting to Go Home, Bill Siegel How Can They Say It Never Happened? Joan Fondell Psalm 1, David Curzon Adam, Yevgeny Vinokurov Song of Songs, Iakovos Kambanelis Testimony, Dan Pagis Draft of a Reparations Agreement, Dan Pagis Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway Car, Dan Pagis Deathfugue, Paul Celan O the chimneys, Nelly Sachs A Shade from Auschwitz, Cornel Adam Ezekiel in the Valley, Cornel Adam Where Were You, Lily Brett On the Propensity of the Human Species to Repeat Error, Christina Pacosz It Is Raining on the House of Anne Frank, Linda Pastan Response, Linda Pastan God Teaches Us How to Forgive, But We Forget, Louis Phillips Perhaps You Wish to Learn Another Language, Louis Phillips The Unseen, Robert Pinsky Gypsy Soup, Morrie Warshawski Yellow Stars, Michael Waters Virgil in the Darkness, Dean Smith There Are Times You Must Wonder, J. R. Solonche Pinball Wizards, Mike Frenkel Feeding Stray Cats, Yala Korwin The Distance between Two Towns, Enid Shomer Daily Stones, Shel Krakofsky A Night Out, Dannie Abse Between the Lines, Michael Hamburger In a Cold Season, Michael Hamburger Hidden, Anne Kind Trying to Hide Treblinka, Jon Silkin Friends, Lotte Kramer Neither Nor, Georg Kreisler Walls, Willy Verkauf-Verlon Love of Austria, Hebert Kuhner All the Generations Before Me, Yehuda Amichai Dachau, Joan McGinnis Hate Shall Not Impale Me, Marguerite M. Striar
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Marguerite M. Striar is a poet and freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
"Beyond Lament takes its place among the great anthologies of witness poetry." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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