The Book of Jewish Poets: Exploration and Creation [Susan Rich]
All Levels | What does the work of Ellen Bass, Linda Pastan, Marge Piercy, Ilya Kaminsky, and Nomi Stone have in common beyond the writers’ Jewish heritage? Plenty! For example, the concept of tikkun olam — repairing the world through positive acts — is alive in these poets’ craft and work in the world. Jewish ritual, social justice, and a world-weary sense of humor function in different registers in each of these poets’ work. We will read and discuss their work and lives. Prompts for optional out-of-class writing will be provided.
Students in this class will receive a book club discount on the instructor’s reading list at the Elliott Bay Book Co.