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“Comfort O Comfort”: Isaiah in Poetry

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The Book of Isaiah is full of magnificent poetry that deepens many of the most important days in the Jewish calendar.

But Isaiah also lives in the work of Jewish poets who write in a variety of languages. From Paul Celan in German to Avrom Sutzkever in Yiddish to Jorie Graham and Robert Pinsky in English, snippets of Isaiah can be heard, admired, and challenged.

In this talk, we will look at individual poetic moments in the Book of Isaiah in Hebrew, in English translation, and in 20th and 21st century poetry, as we examine what makes Isaiah so attractive to poets, and how Isaiah leaves room for continuous cycles of creation.

This event is at 1 PM EST and 8 PM in Israel.

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Aviya Kushner

Aviya Kushner is the author of Wolf Lamb Bomb (Orison Books), a poetry collection deeply engaged with the Book of Isaiah; the award-winning book The Grammar of God (Spiegel & Grau); and other works. She is The Forward's language columnist and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago.
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The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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