Thank You for Being
Merle Bachman (Author)
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DescriptionWorking from a rich personal archive of letters, journals, and poems Bachman carries us into the questing journey of being a poet and a woman; what she calls, "A slender proposition that supports a glittering weight." This is a memoir as only a true poet can write, life reassembled and revisited in the light of old knowledge, and new. From her roots in the Yiddish community of Albany New York, to 1970's feminist houses in Oakland, from her studies in Jerusalem to her work with Adrienne Rich in New York, to a dozen houses in between, the work is a cultural record of the lived experience of women poets in the last 40 years. Bachman writes with unfailing wit and warmth, interrogating her lived experience of freedom, travel and, the story-without-boundaries that is poetry itself.
Wet Cement Press
May 12, 2022
6.5 X 6.5 X 0.46 inches | 0.51 pounds
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About the Author
Merle Bachman is the author of The Opposite of Vanishing (EtherDome), Wrecker's Ball (Finishing Line), Diorama with Fleeing Figures (Shearsman), Blood Party (Shearsman), Recovering Yiddishland (Syracuse University), a book of literary criticism and translation, and the editor Nameless Country, an anthology of poetry by A. C. Jacobs (Carcanet). In 2015-16 she was a Translation Fellow of the Yiddish Book Center and is currently developing a manuscript of selected poems by Rosa Nevadovska, in translation.