“April,” famously wrote T.S. Eliot in “The Waste Land,” “is the cruellest month.” Despite this underwhelming endorsement, the Academy of American Poets inaugurated April as the National Poetry Month back in 1996 and, every year since, has hyped up a surge of readings, publications and all other things poetry-related.
In the Jewish world, the initiative was picked up widely too. The new zine, TCJewfolk.com had two great features on slam poets Yael Miriam and Matthue Roth. Rumor has it, another two Jewish slam poets will appear on the website in the weeks to come.
Sixth Street Synagogue in East Village is welcoming Samuel Menashe and Stanley Moss, two poetry titans, on Monday April 26 to read their poetry and talk about Jewish identity in their works.