Judith Baumel

The Kangaroo Girl – Sidebar Events and Quotes

Upcoming Events


March 23, 2014, 5 pm
Center for Jewish History, NY
Jewish Poetry Now:
A Reading and Discussion Celebrating
The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry

April 17, 2014, 7 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Saltonstall Arts Colony Poetry Reading

Current Events

Past Events

October 22, 2012, 5 pm
Loyola University, Baltimore

October 21, 2012, 2 PM
Queens Library, NY

February 8, 2012
University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus

February 6, 2012
University of East Anglia Poetry and Translation Series

February 2, 2012
Oxford University Poetry Society

January 30, 2012, 5 pm
Oxford University English Faculty
“Posthumously Prolific: Elizabeth Bishop at 100”

January 28, 2012
“The Shuffle” at The Poetry Society

November 19, 2011
A Season In Poetry: Poetry Society at the New York Botanical Garden
with Michael Dickman and Jennifer Grotz

November 19, 2011
Cornelia Street Cafe

October 31, 2011
The Blacksmith House

Poems of Repentance and Memory: CSAIR

July 5, 2011
The Bowery Poetry Club

June 1, 2011
The Cabinet, Lviv, Ukraine

Featured Poet
Poetry Daily
May 5, 2011

April 11, 2011
Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn

Reviews for Kangaroo Girl

The variety of ideas and forms filling the book makes it seem that Baumel is capable of doing anything, and of doing it with virtuosity and wit.

–Jake Marmer  The Jewish Daily Forward

Judith Baumel’s new poems are inspiring cabinets, loaded with gorgeous sounds, startling juxtapositions, and emotionally intricate quests. Sophisticated and subtle prosodic effects find their match in the poet’s intellectual alertness, her endearing inquisitiveness: her carefully modulated lines bend, hurry, linger, exult, and effloresce, with idiomatic inventiveness and grace. The Kangaroo Girl is an important achievement by a remarkable poet.

– Wayne Koestenbaum

I love Baumel’s poems, their restless bravura intelligence, their verbal pyrotechnics leavened with sorrow and the wisdom they’ve earned in sorrow. Kangaroo Girl is interested in everything historical, from the medieval persecution of the Jews to the toys of technology, to the stories of our bodies. She charts the inexorable changes that choose us, and those we choose.
– Gail Mazur, author Figures in a Landscape

Readers of Judith Baumel’s poems know to expect a perfectly-heard line, a self -deprecating charm and indulgent wit that can turn the smallest occasion into a matter of weight, a blend of strong intelligence and sheer friendliness. But throughout The Kangaroo Girl, and especially in its last third, they will also find the collision of a new silence and a new intensity. This is Baumel’s best work yet.
– James Richardson

Judith Baumel writes fierce and delicate meditations, combining an intimate personal lyricism with a broadly historical vision. This is a wondrously moving, rousing, and often very beautiful book.
– April Bernard