Many of these poems are deeply poignant, intimately lamenting exile and the generations lost in the Shoah. Vignettes of Yiddish life in prewar Europe and immigrant America are presented in great detail. Songs and poems cross class and gender boundaries and strike the reader as vividly, startlingly authentic, marbled with expressive joy and tragedy. With classic, bitter, biting Yiddish humor, much of this work is immediate and accessible; you can taste and smell the worlds that have been lost.
There is well researched biographical information about each poet included with his or her work, adding to the riches of this Yiddishkeit anthology. Highly recommended, whether you are a Yiddish reader or not.