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My Hands Remember

Richard Fein

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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.50" x 9.50"
  • ISBN: 978-1-938144-13-4
  • Publication Date: 2013-12-01
  • BrickHouse Books, Inc.

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My Hands Remember

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Over the course of a lifetime’s worth of beautiful poems, as well as translations from Yiddish that read like beautiful poems in English, Richard Fein has created the song of himself and of his Brooklyn--Jewish world. It is a world preserved in lines that are a  marvel of vigilant, always fascinated attention. In its sheer descriptive capacities, his verse is as open to radiant marvels and erotic candor as it is aware of the abrupt horrors of brute historical reality. Fein listens so closely and so deeply to the voices of filial memory that his Hebrew Bible poems speak to us in the same intimate and dramatic  idiom as his family poems. This is poetry that in its undeviating focus of selfless attention enlarges our scope of human dignity and responsibility. 


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Richard Fein's lively, variegated poetry takes partly after Walt Whitman: personhood present on every page, the voice filling out long lines, by turns sensual, witty, plunging, rife with detail and riven by sentiment, dyed American. For Fein, an arc runs between Whitman and Yankev Glatshteyn, whom he has translated: between the motley, jostling energies of American experience and the resonant, receding Jewish past. He can bond with Whitman at Timber Creek, and shimmy into a booth in a New York coffee shop with Glatshteyn. —John Felstiner, FORWARD Magazine, May 2, 2003

Richard Fein

Richard J. Fein has published eight books of poetry, two books of translations of Yiddish poetry, a memoir of Yiddish, a critical study, and a book of personal essays.  For many years he taught English and American literature at SUNY, New Paltz; he now lives in Cambridge, MA.

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