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Nineveh
Nineveh

Nineveh

POETRY

96 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: July 2019

ISBN 9781784107390

Rights: US, CA, NZ, CAM, SAM, CAR, PH, KR & FM

Carcanet Press, Ltd. (Jul 2019)
Carcanet Press Ltd.

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Overview

Zohar Atkins's first collection Nineveh takes its modernist bearings from Edmond Jabes, Paul Celan, and Yehudah Amichai; but also, merrily, from John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara. His poems offer humor and hospitality alongside deep learning and enigmatic, mystical theophany. The division between secular and religious is blurred, the two coexist in a generous exchange. The Bible is near at hand but rendered unfamiliar in the combination of anachronism with classical allusion. The poems produce a jarring, contemporary Midrashim—interpretative retellings of canonical tales. Cain and Abel appear as business executives, Ishmael is a Palestinian dying in an Israeli hospital, Rachel and Leah are the projected identities of a demented Jacob, and God is a perfectionist who procrastinates by binge watching TV.

Author Biography

Zohar Atkins holds an A.B. in Classics and Jewish Studies and an A.M. in History from Brown University, and a DPhil in Theology from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. A rabbinic student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Fellow at the David Hartman Center.