Birthright: Poems

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January 1, 2019

The poems in Birthright, Eri­ka Dreifus’s first poet­ry col­lec­tion, embody mul­ti­ple lega­cies: genet­ic, his­tor­i­cal, reli­gious, and lit­er­ary. Through the lens of one person’s expe­ri­ence of inher­i­tance, the poems sug­gest ways in which all of us may be influ­enced in how we per­ceive and process our lives and times. Here, a poet claims what is hers as a child of her par­tic­u­lar par­ents; as a grand­child of refugees from Nazi Ger­many; as a Jew, a woman, a Gen Xer, and a New York­er; as a read­er of the Bible and Shake­speare and Flaubert and Lucille Clifton. This poet’s birthright is as unique as her DNA. But it res­onates far beyond her­self. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from sales of Birthright is being donat­ed to Sefaria to sup­port its free, ever-grow­ing library of Jew­ish texts.”

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