Dancing in Odessa (1941)

Dancing in Odessa

Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004)

“They crumpled and fell into the sea,” my grandfather once told my mother.


They didn’t have faces until 2006, when I heard Jewish-Ukrainian-American poet Ilya Kaminsky read from his award-winning book Dancing in Odessa, at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

“my family, the people of Odessa,

women with huge breasts, old men naive and childlike” – In Praise of Laughter

(from Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky)

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