Texts & Translations

New translations into English of Yiddish language materials including poetry, stories, essays, and archival materials of all kinds. Original Yiddish texts are presented in a standardized orthography and are fully searchable.

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אַ לוויה אין רעגן

A Funeral in the Rain

A prose poem from Abra­ham Sutzkev­er’s 1975 vol­ume Green Aquar­i­um. A man with a heavy bag on his back approach­es a dark city in a rainstorm…” 

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Sutzkev­er’s cycle of poems about his child­hood years spent in Siberia: In the light-dark snowed-under / vil­lage of my child­hood in Siberia / blos­soms bloom from shad­ows’ eyes— / count­less quick­sil­ver blossoms…”

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Poems from Oasis

New trans­la­tions of six poems from Sutzkev­er’s 1960 col­lec­tion Oasis.

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“אַלטמאָדיש“ און „דער ים„

"Old-Fashioned" and "The Sea"

Trans­la­tions of two poems by Yoy­sef Kerler 

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A new trans­la­tion of Jacob Glat­stein’s 1956 poem about the Qibya affair.” 

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דער פֿערציקיעריקער מאַן

The Forty-Year-Old Man

New trans­la­tions of four sec­tions from Mark­ish’s book-length mod­ernist poem. 

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סאַקאָ און וואַנזעטיס מאָנטיק

Sacco and Vanzetti’s Monday

A poem about Sac­co and Vanzetti, orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished the day before their execution. 

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Leyz­er Volf’s Yid­dish Hiawatha”, writ­ten over three days and pub­lished in a roman­ized script.

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"איר שמייכל", "אַ מענטש"

"Her Smile" and "A Man"

New trans­la­tions of two poems from Anna Mar­golin’s lid­er.

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לידער פֿון טאָגבוך

Three poems from Poems from my Diary

Three poems from Abra­ham Sutzkever’s col­lec­tion Poems from My Diary.