When we first put out our call for papers in January 2012, we conceived of a special issue of Studies in American Jewish Literature that would deal with a range of topics defining and investigating the various possible configurations and meanings of Jewish American poetry. We asked for essays on Jewish poetry written in America, on American poetry written by Jews on matters Jewish, or on American poetry written in Jewish languages, including Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino. The essays we envisioned could focus on a broad range of questions, including those of literary lineage, intertextuality, gender, genre, exegesis, translation, ethnicity, or identity. The eight final selections in response to our call cover just such a range of topics as well as intersections and crossovers between languages and cultures. We present in this issue four essays on Yiddish poetry, three on poetry in English, and one on an American Hebrew poet....

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