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Poetry. Now back in print after more than 20 years, Michael Blumenthal's DAYS WE WOULD RATHER KNOW, originally published by Viking-Penguin and sold out in both of its original printings, was one of the most admired, and most influential, books of American poetry of the 1980's, and marked the auspicious continuation of one of the decade's most promising debuts. While differ ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Pleasure Boat Studio (first published 1984)
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Dayenu

Dayenu (Hebrew): "it would have been enough." The refrain from a Passover litany thanking God for the blessings bestowed upon the Jews during their forty-year wanderings in the desert following the flight from Egypt.

Had he rescued the nightingales from the floods
and not shrouded the planets in secrecy,
Dayenu.

Had he shrouded the planets in mystery
but not enticed us with the light that shines from them,
Dayenu.

Had he enticed us with the light that shines from
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A graduate of Cornell Law School and formerly Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Michael Blumenthal is the author of eight books of poetry, including No Hurry (Etruscan Press, 2011). He is also the author of the novel Weinstock Among the Dying, and the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers, among other books. Currently Visiting Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law, he ...more
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