Adam Kam­mer­ling

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January 14, 2020

A beau­ti­ful lyric col­lec­tion’ — Ilya Kaminsky
This inno­v­a­tive debut col­lec­tion from Adam Kam­mer­ling is an archival and deft account of a per­son reck­on­ing with their her­itage and fam­i­ly his­to­ry. Hybrid, dex­ter­ous and informed, Kam­mer­ling retraces his Jew­ish ances­try as poems fluc­tu­ate through time and space, leav­ing us with a for­bid­ding sense that what has changed over recent decades is not enough.

To say that Seder is a beau­ti­ful, mov­ing book would be true. But what does it mean? It means Seder is a book of very lyric poems where silences say as much as words do. It is a book of grief, that opens the grief up — no, blows it up — from the inside. Seder is a book of mem­o­ry, the kind that refus­es to leave us: a book where­in his­tor­i­cal trau­ma is all too real, echo­ing our own present moment — echo­ing with a warn­ing. And, yet, there is also ten­der­ness, there is love show­ing me the ground where I could lie down.” Indeed, a beau­ti­ful lyric col­lec­tion.’ — Ilya Kaminsky

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