Poetry. LOSING IT is about growing old but the power of the poems suggests the opposite, finding it: the poignance of mature vision. As Edward Hirsch notes, "The modern Yiddish poets ('Glatshteyn, Sutzkever, Moyshe-Leyb— / show me your letters, words, rhythms') are the spiritual guides to Richard Fein's fine new book, which has a kind of Jewish saudade—a bittersweet nostalgia not just for something gone, but also a yearning for what might have been. LOSING IT is a book that beautifully pinpoints its lost worlds."
Richard J. Fein has published eleven books of poetry including LOSING IT (Box Turtle Press, 2021). His book Kafka's Ear has won the Maurice English Award. He has also published three books of his translations of Yiddish poetry: Selected Poems of Yankev Glatshteyn; WITH EVERYTHING WE'VE GOT (Host Publications, 2009); The Full Pomegranate: Poems of Avrom Sutzkever. And he has also published three books of prose: Robert Lowell, a critical study; The Dance of Leah, a memoir of Yiddish; Yiddish Genesis, personal essays. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He taught at Hunter College and the University of Puerto Rico before teaching many years at SUNY, New Paltz. He also spent a year on a Fulbright in India, teaching American literature. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA