MARK SOLOMON POET
OF HIS NEW COLLECTION
MY TRUE BODY
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MY TRUE BODY
This marvelous poetry never flinches from the difficult or unpleasant. Casual quotidian sketches turn strikingly complex. The archaic and mythological, like burglars, abruptly break into consciousness. We must resist or yield. We confront the interface of two realms, a struggle to live simultaneously in contemporary Manhattan and ancient religious tradition. The poems are frightening, brave — and funny. They all breathe naturally. All should be read again and again.
- Hillel Halkin
Translator, Biographer, Literary Critic, and Novelist
Vital with insight, these poems range from omnivorously expansive to lean and incisive, from unsparingly physical to spiritually rapturous. “Go to yourself,” the beautiful poem “Lech Lecha” intones, “that other country – / still unkown,” summoning the reader to join the poet’s outward and inward journey, from the Lower East Side to the Land of the Patriarchs, from synagogue to bedroom, from solitude to the intimacy of the throng, naked yet clothed with the robes of the poet’s language – Whitman’s hand passing over the Kabbalah, King David dancing to Coltrane before the Ark.
- Daniel Tobin
Author of From Nothing
“Never trust the child’s gaze of adoration,” warns one startling lyric in this collection. The solitary seeker whose quest for unity with God defines this big Jewish book must first betray the “hearth-mother” to free himself for an exploration of desire. From the sounds and smells of “kvetchedicke” widows and “yeasty babka” in “sullen” New York neighborhoods, he ventures out across America and to Jerusalem before desire leads him home again. We read this book in the tradition of The Song of Songs as a sustained prayer – acted out through the transgressive body – to “her whom I summoned from my own heart’s core, imploring her to enter,” a prayer at once to God and an earthly lover. May the reader feel the ache to live more fully, feel the stinging of the horse’s mane.
- Lee Sharkey
Author of Calendars of Fire
BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS
To contact Mark Solomon, to order or request review copies of My True Body and/or Her Whom I Summoned, or to schedule a reading please write to: Havel.Havulim@gmail.com
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