Starting with a photo that spent four decades in her father’s wallet (“Photo of Author In Kangaroo Pajamas”), Judith Baumel shows us new ways of understanding family and history. In this quintessentially modern book, her third, The Kangaroo Girl detects religion at the scene of many crimes: from the great disasters of the past –Edward I’s edict of expulsion in 1290, the War Between the States, the catastrophes of twentieth century Europe–to the small calamities of Jewish American life in the ethnic neighborhoods of New York City.
The Kangaroo Girl is also a personal book, a meditation on being a daughter and a mother, and, in a series of moving elegies, what it means to survive loss. Judith Baumel ‘s love affairs with the visual—great buildings, great paintings, great art–and with the mysteries of language in great books and great conversations combine in this testament to human inventiveness and resilience.
Recent Posts About The Kangaroo Girl
Bronx Literary Landscape Excites Her Imagination:
From the heights of Riverdale, some might consider the western view of the Hudson River and Palisades more poetic. But Ms. Baumel looks east. She looks out across Kingsbridge and Fordham, past the Throggs Nest and Whitestone bridges, all the way out to the Long Island Sound. In The Riverdale Press
Three Kangaroo Poems From Judith Baumel:
Motherhood and growing up in the Bronx are the two main threads running through Judith Baumel’s recent poetry collection. Gaining force with each new poem, these themes grow into personal mythologies that lend themselves to mirth, nostalgia and philosophy. Read more from Jake Marmer in The Jewish Daily Forward.
The Poetry Dress:
at the Massachusetts Poetry Festivals. Pictures from Chloe Yelena Miller.
“Hem Stitch Hemi Stichs,” a masterful poem by Judith Baumel. Lovely alliteration and springy rhythms.
Heavyweight Poetry Reading at Greenlight Bookstore
I have to commend who ever organizes events at Greenlight Bookstore–he or she knows how to deliver. And they sure aren’t letting National Poetry Month slide by without a few heavy hitters gracing the smallish local bookstore.
Next week, Greenlight is hosting Judith Baumel and Jacqueline Jones LaMon for a joint reading with themes that resonate through both authors’ new works.