Foreword to “101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium”

As a poet, creative writing instructor, and Chassidic Jew, I am fascinated by the surprising ways contemporary poetry and Judaism overlap. It was, therefore, a great honor and challenge to write the following essay, which serves as the “Foreword” to 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium (Ashland Poetry Press, 2021), an anthology of poems on the Jewish experience by a diverse group of today’s established and emerging poets.

Revelations

"And the moment I was able to look them / in the eye, they opened theirs, // as surprised as I was to find themselves alive." A new poem from Jon Swan.