anna rabinowitz

  • Words on the Street by Anna Rabinowitz

    Words on the Street

    Tupelo Press 2016  |  978-1-936797-80-6


    WORDS ON THE STREET is a book-length poem and a mystery. The “crime” involves all humanity.  The landscape, choked with graffiti, teems with hearsay and falsehood. An infant, Baby, is abducted, and the Seven Deadly Sins plague mankind with threat and insecurity.

    A fly upends freedom. Gluttony battles death. Greed gallops through the streets. Time degrades. The innocent are denied innocence. Millions wrestle with absurdity as the new reality. Some suspects plunge to the sea. Others act up or act out to sound alarm. Never has our conundrum between two whys begged for a solution more vigorously.


    WORDS ON THE STREET is not a book for the faint of heart. It is to be read at the peril of complacency, for the sake of urgency—not to confuse but to alert.


    Anna Rabinowitz won the Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize of the 2017 New England Poetry Club for Words on the Street.


    Praise for Words on the Street


    “Anna Rabinowitz at her highest, boldest register.”

    —Timothy Donnelly


  • Present Tense

    Omnidawn 2010  |  978-1-890650-45-2


    Present Tense is a tour de force, a book length poetic project that functions as anatomy, history, testimony, eulogy, and divining rod of our constantly evolving present moment—exposing not only its various socio-religious-political ecosystems but also the myriad echoes of those systems that resound in our psyches and permeate our thoughts. Incorporating dialogue, reportage, Biblical reference, interview, famous speech, infamous cultural event and more, Rabinowitz offers to readers a deft account of who and what we are as humans—in all of our darkness and our brilliance. This poetry—with its invigorating breadth and shocking immediacy—compels its readers’ full engagement with the page, an interaction that incites us to examine our own position and potential in the ever-shifting kaleidoscope of the actual, as we live it—moment by moment.


    Praise for Present Tense

  • The Wanton Sublime:
    A Florilegium of
    Whethers and Wonders

    Tupelo Press 2006  |  978-1-932195-39-2


    In her dazzling third volume of poetry, Anna Rabinowitz creates nothing short of a new genre of utterance as she cuts through pieties and myths to get at the essential humanity of the Virgin Mary, and, ultimately, of all women.


    The Wanton Sublime is an “anthology” of texts and commentaries that propels us on a breathtaking journey mapped by conversations, and speculations—a journey to the very foundations of womanhood and motherhood.


    Again and again Mary, exemplar of the feminine, quintessential mother, bearer/birther of divinity is re-visioned and re-defined; she is made kindred to Io, to Europa and to an ancient Egyptian woman who may have been the first unflinchingly assertive feminist. Rabinowitz investigates Mary as concept and as fact, as symbol and as flesh-and-blood female.


    What does it mean to be chosen? How does one engage with otherness? What forces operate when one’s life is interrupted? Are there possibilities of alternative narratives? How does one process the condition of not knowing? Linguistically brilliant and stylistically inventive, this daring work makes the universal particular, the particular universal.


    The Wanton Sublime explores the burden, the dilemma and the glory of being as it leads us to a renewed appreciation of what it means to be alive and a woman.


    Praise for The Wanton Sublime

  • Darkling: A Poem

    Tupelo Press 2001  |  0-9710310-4-5


    Finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Award for Best Poetry Book of 2001.

    2011 marked the launch and international distribution of Darkling as a CD on the Albany Records label.

    2013 marks the publication of Anna Rabinowitz: DARKLING, Gedicht & Oper, by luxbooks.americana, Weisbaden Germany. A German translation by Barbara Felicitas Tax, Darkling was released as a set including 2 CDs of the full opera.

    Darkling: A Poem has garnered ongoing praise since its publication in 2001. Hailed by Booklist as “...a piercing and powerful incantation” of the voices of her family’s Holocaust victims, Darkling’s poetry of accumulation - is a profound processing of loss and aftermath - affirming memory, ceremony, and life itself. Timothy Donnelly, in his introduction of Rabinowitz at the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, asserted that the poet presents the reader with “a new form of remembering,” what she herself describes as an “inheritance of truncated histories” and “sketchy memories” discovered in an old shoebox.


    American Opera Projects has transformed Darkling into an experimental opera-theatre work that blurs distinctions between poetry, theater, and music, challenging conventional modes of narrative as well as familiar approaches to opera and theater. This groundbreaking production had its world premiere to great critical acclaim on February 26, 2006 at the 13th St. Theatre, NYC where it ran for three weeks. Excerpts from this “new form of theater art” were performed in November, 2005, along with panel discussions, as part of the Works and Process at the Guggenheim series. Read More. A concert version was performed at the German Consulate, NYC, in June, 2006, and the work toured in a concert version to The Freie Universität in Berlin and to Poland in 2007. Darkling was performed by The City Opera at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2009.


    Previously, Darkling had another life as a sound/theater piece, which was featured at Barnard College in April 2002 at the national conference, "Women Poets in Performance, the Poetry of Plays: From Gertrude Stein to the Present."


    Praise for Darkling

  • At the Site
    of Inside Out

    University of Massachusetts Press 1997  |  1-55849-093-0, 1-55849-092-2


    Winner of the Juniper Prize

    “…language at a height and experience at a depth that the whole art suddenly appears as a plinth on the plain of American letters.”  —Molly Peacock


    At the Site of Inside Out splendidly enriches the site of American poetry.”  —Ann Lauterbach


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    At the Site of Inside out