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My Father's Hands Spoke In Yiddish
Guernica Editions, Fall 2010
70 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550713305
ISBN10: 1550713302
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US

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Karen Shenfeld's careful, concentrated language draws the reader in. Her's is a charged, physical world where figure skates are "a shock of alpine white," and the Torah's "crowned letters dance." It is also a world marked by profound metaphysical connections where fireflies flash "coded signals of their secret selves." There is an irresistible brilliance and humour to several of the poems and Shenfeld's tributes to her redhot Jewish mamas -- Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, and Sophie Tucker -- will leave the lover of poetry wishing she'd offered more. -- Kenneth Sherman

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