José Kozer

José Kozer (Havana, 1940) is a poet and essayist who has lived in the United States since 1960. He taught Spanish and Literature in Spanish at Queens College, CUNY, from 1965 to 1997. Since retirement he has lived in Florida. He has so far published 70 books, including Este judio de números y letras (1975), Bajo este cien (1983), Carece de causa (1988), and Y del esparto la invariabilidad (2005). In 2013 he was awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize in Chile in recognition of his lifetime achievement as a poet. Three of his books have appeared bilingually with English translation: The ark upon the number (translator Amiel Alcalay, 1985), Stet (translator Mark Weiss, 2006) and Anima (translator Peter Boyle, 2011). A bilingual edition of his 2011 book Tokonoma is forthcoming from Shearsman later this year.

José Kozer’s ‘Wherein it is seen how buried always inside me is a Jew’ in English and Spanish

Wherein it is seen how buried always inside me is a Jew To howl out ballads, to hear plainchant up ahead, constantly, right to the end. To tread ears of corn on Judgement Day, and see wholegrain bread emerge from …

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