Poet­ry

Her Birth and Lat­er Years: New and Col­lect­ed Poems, 1971 – 2021

  • From the Publisher
January 2, 2021

A trail­blaz­ing les­bian poet, child Holo­caust sur­vivor, and polit­i­cal activist whose work is deeply informed by social­ist val­ues, Ire­na Klep­fisz is a vital and indi­vid­ual Amer­i­can voice. This book is the first com­plete col­lec­tion of her work. For fifty years, Klep­fisz has writ­ten pow­er­ful, search­ing poems about rel­a­tives mur­dered dur­ing the war, recent immi­grants, a lost Yid­dish writer, a Pales­tin­ian boy in Gaza, and var­i­ous peo­ple in her life. In her intro­duc­tion to Klep­fisz’s A Few Words in the Moth­er Tongue, Adri­enne Rich wrote: “[Klep­fisz’s] sense of phrase, of line, of the shift of tone, is almost flawless.”

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