Richard Jeffrey Newman

Richard Jeffrey Newman

As a poet and essayist, Richard Jeffrey Newman’s work explores the impact of feminism on his life as a man. As a co-translator of classical Persian poetry, he writes about the impact of that canon on our contemporary lives. His most recent books are For My Son, A Kind of Prayer (Ghostbird Press 2016) and the translation The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi's Shahameh (Junction Press 2011)He is Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. His website is www.richardjnewman.com

In terms of confronting the man’s racism, of course, that question doesn’t really matter, but it nonetheless put me in mind of how easy it is for Jews, white or of color, to pass as not-Jewish until we either self-identify or are outed—a term I am using purposefully, since there are still places in the world, including the hallowed halls of American academia, where it is not always safe to be known publicly as a Jew.

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Danielle took my hand in hers,
“I can feel them,” she whispered,
then dressed in a silence
I did not know how to break

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