Swimming in the Rain (Paperback)

New and Selected Poems 1980-2015

By Chana Bloch

Autumn House Press, 9781938769009, 220pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2015

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Chana Bloch's collection of new and selected poetry explores a retrospective view on Jewish texts and traditions, illness, death, gender, memory, and family life.

About the Author

CHANA BLOCH (1940-2017), the author of award-winning books of poetry, translation, and scholarship, is Professor Emerita of English at Mills College, where she taught for over thirty years and directed the Creative Writing Program. Bloch is co-translator of The Song of Songs (Modern Library, 2006), and of poets Yehuda Amichai and Dahlia Ravikovitch.

Praise For Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015

Chana Bloch has spent her life writing the poems of a grown woman, loving the world as she interrogates it mercilessly, speaking a truth that hurts as it heals. "Half the stories/ I used to believe are false," she confesses. "Thank God/ I ve got the good sense at last/ not to come in out of the rain." A thrilling collection. --Dorianne Laux

Chana Bloch is an absolutely essential poet, with a breathtaking gift for spanning, linking and leaping unforgettable images, wonderments, and wisdom. Her words travel with me at the center of my compass. This collection is a triumph, not to be missed. --Naomi Shihab Nye

Chana Bloch is writing the best poems of her life. Death is the Great Master hovering in the distance, but this pleasure-loving poet will not be deterred. Chana Bloch is like a Japanese potter mending the cracked and dinged pottery of experience with gold powder sprinkled from her fingers. --Henri Cole