Yesterday, the poet Samuel Menashe read some of his work at the 96th Street branch of the New York Public Library. Also on the bill and reading their own work were poets Ilya Bernstein, Jon Curley and Michael Heller. Continue reading Samuel Menashe reading at the New York Public Library, April 10th 2010
A few years ago, at the age of eighty, Samuel Menashe became the first recipient of the “Neglected Masters Award” from The Poetry Foundation.
And a master he is, without much doubt. I suppose that almost any worthy contemporary poet might qualify to be described as “neglected,” at least relatively speaking. After all, in these modern times when our entertainment comes buzzing down wires at the speed of light directly into our veins and our neurons, even to slow down sufficiently to pick up and read a book of poetry is to flirt with a possibly fatal whiplash injury.
Nonetheless, Samuel Menashe’s work has a kind of Continue reading Samuel Menashe: New and Selected Poems