Judith Baumel


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“Passeggiata” means “stroll” in Italian and this book takes us on a series of urgent walks and conversations. With characters from classical pastoral poems reborn as contemporary Sicilians and Bronxites, these poems depict love and war, lyric and loss, justice and anger. The otherworldly names hide and unveil, distance us and bring us close to essential questions.

Refracting the wisdom of the Bible, Theocritus, Virgil, Milton, W.E. B. Du Bois, Wallace Stevens and Adrienne Rich, among others, these poems confront contemporary social and political disasters.

“This is a poet who is restlessly tinkering and extending the bounds of her art.”

Read “Home and Away” a review of Passeggiate by Drew Swinger.

Recent Posts About Judith Baumel:

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.

Primary virtues:

by A Honey Of An Anklet

“Hem Stitch Hemi Stichs,” a masterful poem by Judith Baumel. Lovely alliteration and springy rhythms.

Heavyweight Poetry Reading at Greenlight Bookstore

By jaebi iam, Featured Local ContributorYahoo! Contributor Network

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.

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