Dancing in Odessa (1941 CE)

Dancing in Odessa

Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004)

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

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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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