Chenou Liu


A Tanka About The Word, Jew - Poem by Chenou Liu

line upon line
page after page
the word
Jew
six million times

for Phil Chernofsky, author of And Every Single One Was Someone


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Note:

Each page has 40 columns of 120 lines — 4,800 “Jews.” The font is Minion; the size,5.5 point. The book weighs 7.3 pounds.... Its titleless cover depicts a Jewish prayer shawl, sometimes used to wrap bodies for burial. Mr. Chernofsky said it was Gefen’s choice; he would have preferred solid black, or a yellow star like those the Nazis made Jews wear. - excerpted from Jodi Rudoren's 'Holocaust Told in One Word,6 Million Times' (New York Times, Jan.25)

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 27, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, January 27, 2014


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