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Through fictionalized autobiography, “Courting Hunger” explores love, family, friendship, identity, sex, drugs, rock & roll, sickness & health.
An exiled spy god could make a nice life working at a queer video store in Washington Heights … if he could just stop falling in love with these doomed mortals.
In god-chaser, Sari Krosinsky’s poems yearn for connection with the divine as they seek it through fully lived human experience.
“Sari Krosinsky’s debut collection is a pilgrimage in finely wrought stanzas to a pantheon of pain-in-the-ass deities: gods, goddesses, and good old G-d from Mount Olympus, O.T., and a bus station in Philly. ‘A universe can burst from one man,’ writes Krosinsky, and in god-chaser she startles us with a glimpse of her own universe and the multifarious beings zapping and flinging and blinding and cajoling and otherwise doing their best to wreak havoc. Krosinsky is, in the end, lover, appeaser, eternal poet: ‘You, don’t be that vengeful god,/with eternal fire that isn’t light, and I’ll belong/to you. I’d pour some coffee for you,/but they say you won’t take sacrifices/since the Temple is gone. Taste it/through my tongue.’ This book is a pleasure and a gift.”—Maureen Seaton, author of Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen
“Sari Krosinsky’s poems explode with the kind of ru’ach a person can find at a bar or in line at the grocery. This god-chaser is ‘fierce as entropy.’ Our daily hungers and griefs and gut-splitting hopes move towards G-d with understated and finely articulated urgency, translating ‘the spitting mess of the world’ into ‘something wild enough to chase.’ As readers, we are compelled to get on the bus with every other pomegranate- cheeked rider fresh from the psychiatrist’s office, having just survived some pogrom, heading towards Hades, or making our way back to Eden. In the end, we ache—call it ‘longing’ or ‘hope’ or ‘despair’—hard-pressed to do anything but love this beautiful goodbyehello of an important new voice in American literature.”—Lisa Gill, author of Red as a Lotus
Drawing on diverse inspiration from fairy tales to Greek myth to Biblical stories, the poems in this collection sing. Moving effortlessly from urban landscapes to memory, from dramatic monologue to lyric, god-chaser illuminates the pursuit of the divine. Whether it is found in Artemis on a barstool or in the kiss left for a sleeping lover, these poems speak to the great mysteries and to the small moments of grace. A powerful, evocative collection.”—Lisa D. Chavez, author of In an Angry Season
Poems from the Locked Ward.
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Yossele: a tale in poems
by Robert Arthur Reeves and Sari Krosinsky
Originally published as a paperback book, 2010
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In a re-imagining of the golem of Prague by Sari Krosinsky and Robert Arthur Reeves, the golem (a sort of mystical android) becomes self aware. As the golem wrestles with life, the rabbi who created him wrestles with God.
In Medieval Europe a common accusation against Jews was that they kidnapped and murdered Christian children to use their blood in their rituals, particularly the preparation of unleavened bread at Passover. At the end of the sixteenth century in Prague (in several ways a tolerant and accepting city for Jews) this practice had arisen again, and the chief rabbi of the community, Rabbi Löv, created a golem to defend his people. A golem is unsentient and has no will of his own: only G-d can create a thinking, choosing spirit. We have imagined that something goes wrong with the complex creation process, and the creature becomes self-aware. His name was Yossele, a diminutive of Joseph.
A poetry CD including 17 poems that appear in Courting Hunger and “The Locked Ward.”
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