Meat Heart

View as Single Page Single Page    Print this page Print this page

» Read
Melissa Broder’s new bookMeat Heart.

» The Creator
why do we call
God that?

» Melissa
blogs about pen pals,
 poems, and more.

» Jewish, Goyish
Broder’s version of
Lenny Bruce’s classic.

May 8, 2012
Meat Heart

God loves my hair,” writes Melissa Broder in “Ciao Manhattan,” a poem in which Broder and her Creator seem to hang out, flirt, and dress up in party clothes.

In another poem, “Leah,” Broder’s biblical protagonist runs away from Canaan, works on a unicorn farm, and observes the events of the Bible, with her husband and sister-wife and children, from a far-off cloud. Perhaps Broder’s most awkward Jewish poem, and the funniest, is “Mikvah,” in which Broder waxes philosophical about her menstrual cycle, comparing it variously to seafood, pajamas, and sculpture.

Not all of Meat Heart, Broder’s just-released second book which contains these poems and others, is Jewishly-themed. But her outlook on life, both bleak and funny, is the stuff that Jewish folktales are made of. 

Share this article on Facebok Share  

SIGN UP FOR OUR OTHER NEWSLETTERS

History Kveller Recipes Shabbat Weekly Torah

Jewniverse is an initiative ofMyJewishLearning.com.

 

Did you like this article? MyJewishLearning is a not-for-profit organization.

Please consider making a donation today.

Matthue Roth's newest book is Automatic. He is also the author of three novels and the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go, and is an associate editor at MyJewishLearning.com. His screenplay 1/20 is currently in production as a feature film.

View as Single Page Single Page   

Note: The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. All comments on MyJewishLearning.com are moderated. Any comment that is offensive or inappropriate will be removed. Privacy Policy