Treasure Island

Chenou Liu


A Tanka about the Word, Jew


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

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

Submitted: Monday, January 27, 2014
Edited: Monday, January 27, 2014

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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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