Versus: Jewish Poets at the Margins--Past & Contemporary Jewish Poetry

On the 3rd Thursday of every month we meet at the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara on 524 Chapala Street to read & discuss a select Jewish poet's work. We will be addressing the works of Yehuda Amichai, Alicia Ostriker, Alvin Fine, Leonard Cohen, Gertrude Stein, Phillip Levine, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and Adrienne Rich among others.

CLASS DOCUMENTS for view, download, and/or print

General Information

     * Glossary of Poetry Terms
     * Some Questions You Might Ask


Prior Classes
November 16, 2017: Leonard Cohen
     * Biography
     * Selected Poems: Hallelujah; Lover, Lover, Lover

December 21, 2017: Leonard Cohen

     * Selected Quotes
     * Selected Poems:Suzanne; Born in Chains; Bird on the Wire; The Future

Jan 18, 2018: Adrienne Rich

     * Biography & Selected Quotes
     * Selected Poems
       Stepping Backward; Victory; From an Atlas of a Difficult World; For the Record
     * "What Kind of Times Are These"--selected poem with video link of reading

February 15, 2018: Allen Ginsberg

     * Biography
     * Quotes
     * Selected Poem--Howl (with extensive footnotes)
     * Recording of Ginsberg reading Howl

March 15, 2018: Miklos Radnoti
     * Selected Poems
     * Dame Judi Dench reading "We Cannot Know"
     * “We Can Not Know” in Hungarian by Gábor Reviczky
     * “Translating Hungarian Love Poetry”—a broadcast interview with Prof. John Ridland by Emese Mohai

April 19, 2018: Gertrude Stein
     * Biographical Notes: History, Personality, Judaism, Feminism, Politics, Aesthetics, Critics
     * Selected Poems: Extracts from The Making of Americans; If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso; A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson: Idem the Same; An Early Portrait of Henri Matiss
     * Recordings of Gertrude Stein reading:
          - Extracts from The Making of Americans
          - If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso
          - A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson: Idem the Same AND An Early Portrait of Henri Matisse
          - Gertrude Stein Biography

July 19, 2018: Paul Simon
     * Selected Poems (Lyrics)

August 16, 2018: Art Garfunkel
     * Selected poems from his Art Garfunkel's book, What Is it All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man
     * Links to artwork and soundtracks shown in class

September 15, 2018: Yehuda Amichai
     * Selected Poems

October 18, 2018: Alicia Ostriker
     * Selected Poems

November 15, 2018: Primo Levi
     * Selected Poems
     * Selected Quotes

December 20, 2018: Margaret Singer
     * Selected Poems
     * Video of Class

Jan 17, 2019: Nelly Sachs
     * Biography
     * Selected Poems