”Celia Dropkin’s poems are erotically frank and emotionally unabashed, deeply engendered, relentlessly truthful. Like songs, they are terse and musical and carefully constructed to explode with maximum impact. They reveal the relationships between women and men in a way that was unprecedented in Yiddish literature. Although they were mostly written in the 1920s and 1930s, they feel utterly contemporary, which is why we are just now catching up with her.” – Edward Hirsch, writing in the foreward to The Acrobat: The Selected Poems of Celia Dropkin. More here.
Celia Dropkin’s poems will be read by her granddaughter, Francis Dropkin, who just happens to be the reason why Celia was smiling so much when this photo was taken – she was holding baby Francis.
SpokenWord theme – Grandmothers