Poetry. Jewish Studies. Women's Studies. The broken Aleph—first letter of the Hebrew alphabet—represents the chasm between the author, a secular Jew, and her cultural and religious heritage. The poems in this collection explore her efforts to repair that breach and to find her footing in the world, negotiating the path of history and tradition while fully alive to the present. Though her journey is personal, the reverberations of the work are universal, doing what the best poetry always does, permeating boundaries and opening up a space for wonder to enter the world.
Judith Kerman has published eight previous collections of poetry, as well as three books of translations of Cuban and Dominican women writers. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic in 2002. She founded "Earth's Daughters" magazine in Buffalo, NY and has run Mayapple Press, located in Woodstock, NY, since 1980. She is Professor of English Emerita from Saginaw Valley State University, where she previously served as Dean of Arts and Behavioral Sciences. A literary trailer of her poem, "Fragile," and her video documentary about Dominican Carnaval, as well as clips of several readings, can be seen on YouTube on the Judith Kerman channel.Author City: WOODSTOCK, NY USA