Today's poem is "2AM, and the Rabbinical Students Stand in Their Bathrobes"
from Two Worlds Exist

Orison Books

Yehoshua November's first poetry collection, God's Optimism, won the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. November's poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Writer's Almanac. He teaches at Rutgers University and Touro College and lives in Teaneck, NJ with his wife and children.

Books by Yehoshua November:

Other poems on the web by Yehoshua November:
Six poems
Four poems
"Conjoined Twins"

About Two Worlds Exist:

"These poems are like a documentary film—close to life, narrating episodes from everyday life (many of them happening within the Chassidic community). But under the skin of these poems a flame of passion—or compassion—is hidden. Hidden and palpable at the same time. That's how Yehoshua November creates such beautiful surprises for his readers."
—Adam Zagajewski

"I have read these beautiful poems many times over. Each time I find something new and wonderful and deeper and more spiritual therein. Two Worlds Exist is an even stronger book than November's first collection. So full of sorrow and humility and reverence, love and pain and the actual stuff of our lives—the guilt of the small cruelties we inflict; the large cruelties life inflicts; wavering and unwavering faith that there is something greater than ourselves behind it all."
—Liz Rosenberg

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