Poetry. Jewish Studies. COSMIC DIASPORA is Jake Marmer's third collection of poems. It brings together fantasy, hard-boiled sci-fi, Jewish mysticism, experimental poetics, free jazz, and dark, deadpan humor. Born in the wild steppes of Ukraine, Marmer brings his immigrant experience into a cosmic, diasporic disorientation and attempts to imagine the deep future of myth, spirit, and language. In COSMIC DIASPORA, you may also find more than hints of the Talmud, Midrash, and Zohar that allude to alternative realities, some of which exist alongside our own, while others are tangled within it—or are completely unrelated, made of pure Light or pure Text.
Jake Marmer is a poet, performer, and educator. He is the author of The Neighbor Out of Sound (2018) and Jazz Talmud (2012), both published by the Sheep Meadow Press. His klez-jazz-poetry record Hermeneutic Stomp was released by the Blue Fringe Music in 2013. Jake is the contributing editor/ poetry critic for Tablet Magazine. Born in the provincial steppes of Ukraine, in a city which was renamed four times in the past 100 years, Jake considers himself a New Yorker, even though he lives in the Bay Area.Author City: PALO ALTO, CA USA