Issue 35, Final Fringe

Fragments from a Nonexistent Yiddish Poet

by Jehanne Dubrow Issue 13 12.01.2007

Ida Lewin (1906–1938)
AlwaysWinter, Poland


Once I held a painted miniature
of the Madonna,
            her face so small she fit
inside my fist, but still left room
to hide two zloty coins
that I threw into the fountain,
                                                a pinch
of poppy seeds for feeding finches,
a psalm to read beside
the rebbe’s tomb,
                        where every word
turns stone or plumes into a bird—
silhouette and light, both fall and flight.

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Jehanne Dubrow

Jehanne Dubrow

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Jehanne Dubrow was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the author of three poetry collections, including most recently Stateside (2010). In autumn 2012, Northwestern University Press will publish her fourth book of poems, Red Army Red. Her first book, The Hardship Post (2009), won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award, and her second collection, From the Fever-World, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Competition (2009). Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, The Promised Bride, in 2007. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, The New England Review, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, NPR, and many other places.