[Wgcp-whc] 1st session postponed until 2/1, "books" available now

Richard Deming richard.deming at yale.edu
Tue Jan 22 09:49:14 EST 2013

Dear All,

the copies of David Lehman's Yeshiva Boys still have yet to materialize, so we've gone to Plan B.  As of this morning, there are photocopies of the book on the bookshelves in rm 116 in the Whitney Humanities Center. Please take one if you think you will make at least one of the sessions devoted to his work.  As ever, don't wait to get your copy as they tend to disappear quickly.

And speaking of sessions, because we have had this snafu and the poems are only just now being distributed it seems that having the first session this Friday would not be enough time for people to get the work and have a chance to even look at it.  Thus, we are not having a session this Friday but instead we will meet Friday Feb 1 at 3 PM -5 PM in room B04 of the Whitney Humanities Center.  The poet himself will then join us on Friday Feb 8th.

Richard Deming, Group Coordinator 


Lehman's official bio:

DAVID LEHMAN is the author of several collections of poems, including Yeshiva Boys (Scriber, 2011), When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), and The Evening Sun (2002).  Among his books of non-fiction are A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998), which was named a “Book to Remember 1999” by the New York Public Library.  He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and is the series editor of The Best American Poetry.  He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City. 

Book Note from Academy of American Poets:
In his new book, Yeshiva Boys, David Lehman brings together philosophical questions about culture, God, and evil with reminiscences of his youth, and various imagined youths, in poems that are always engaging. Mary Jo Bang says about the book, "Each poem is a set piece in the history of becoming. [The poems] are intelligent, wry, and sometimes lacerating in their moments of melancholic tenderness." The poems are grounded in the cold war era, and Lehman draws on being of a generation of Jews whose immigrant parents experienced the Holocaust. The title poem considers the historical, the sociopolitical, and the personal through a speaker who is an American Jewish spy in Europe reflecting on his life, including a childhood teacher, Rabbi Kafka. The innovative merging of the religious and the noir makes palpable the struggle of holding on to the many parts that make an identity while still being the type of person who questions it all.

And here's a link to Lehman poem from the collection that has been made particularly cinematic: https://vimeo.com/31639342
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