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More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series)

by Richard Michelson

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Sometimes hilarious ("Elijah Versus Santa" begins "Weight advantage: Santa. Sugar and milk / at every stop . . ." or the quote paired with "My Mother, At Sixty, Learns to Drive": "When the squirrel darted across the road, she says, / I followed it up the curb and into the bushes.") But there were also deep and somber pieces ("How did you feel when your papa disappeared? / I write my African pen-pal. I could feed what remains / of his family for the cost of one movie per month" or ". . . Somewhere else, the murderer / is murdering somebody else, but everything is the same // in the poem where the poet misplaces his keys.") Michelson writes about history and about the present. There were phrases, lines, stanzas, and whole poems I paused to read again because they were so good I didn't want them to end. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Mar 26, 2016 |
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How do we come to terms with loss? How do we find love after tragedy?  How can art and language help us to cope with life, and honor the dead? How does one act responsibly in a world that is both beautiful, full of suffering, and balanced precariously on the edge of despair and ruin? With humor, anger and great tenderness, Richard Michelson’s poems explore the boundaries between the personal and the political, and the connections between history and memory.  Growing up under the shadow of the Holocaust, in a Brooklyn neighborhood consumed with racial strife, Michelson’s experiences were far from ordinary, yet they remain too much a part of the greater circle of poverty and violence to be dismissed as merely private concerns, safely past. It is Michelson’s sense of humor and acute awareness of Jewish history, with its ancient emphasis on the fundamental worth of human existence that makes this accessible book, finally, celebratory and life-affirming.

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