Poetry. Jewish Studies. Judith Baumel's third book of poetry, THE KANGAROO GIRL, detects religion at the scene of many crimes: from the great disasters of the past to the small calamities of Jewish American life in the ethnic neighborhoods of New York City. THE KANGAROO GIRL is also a personal book, a meditation on being a daughter and a mother, and what it means to survive loss. "Judith Baumel's new poems are inspiring.... Sophisticated and subtle prosodic effects find their match in the poet's intellectual alertness.... An important achievement by a remarkable poet"—Wayne Koestenbaum. "I love Baumel's poems, their restless bravura intelligence, their verbal pyrotechnics leavened with sorrow and the wisdom they've earned in sorrow. THE KANGAROO GIRL is interested in everything historical, from the medieval persecution of the Jews to the toys of technology, to the stories of our bodies. She charts the inexorable changes that choose us, and those we choose"—Gail Mazur.
Judith Baumel's previous books of poetry are The Weight of Numbers, for which she won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Now. Her poetry, translations and essays have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, Agni Review, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among others. Her work is represented in a number of anthologies including Telling and Remembering: A Century of Jewish American Poetry; Gondola Signore Gondola: Poems on Venice; and Poems of New York (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets). Author City: BRONX, NY USA