A Different Source: Selected Poems

Toby Press  2011


In Miron Izakson’s poetry Jewish and secular sources interact with abstract images to elicit an incomplete yet explosive reaction from the reader. For example, read the stark description from the biblical “Adam:” “Save for my creation/You would not live,/Save for my choice of good and evil/You would not die…Save for my sons/You would not kill…Though eons old/I am in your mind/I have a hide-away/You will never find.” Imagine the attempt to name “New Streets:” “I will build a city for my son…I will name the streets loosely as follows/Apprehension Avenue, Uneasy Street/Wonder Boulevard and Skeptic’s Way.” And contemplate the metaphors of the lean and fat cows in the Biblical Joseph’s dream with complex, amorphous aftereffects in “Like Josef:” “…the next morning everyone bickers:/Who woke up first, who’s still asleep,/Who dreamed one dream, who many,/Who will listen to interpret the dream/Who will listen only to lie.” Linear storylines progress to limitless, abstract possibilities in these verses from a remarkably talented poet.

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