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Published by West End Press


Shulamith

By Julia Stein

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Overview

These poems treat the condition of Jewish women in the Bible as a prelude to the trials, misfortunes, and victories of the twentieth century. The Biblical women treated in a modern idiom include Eve, Lilith, Sara, Hagar, Leah, Rachel, Shifra, Miriam, Jael, Delilah, Ruth, the Witch of Endor, Bath She-Ba, Tamar, and Vashti. The link between past and present is Shulamith, "the singer of all the songs," who comes at last to America. She helps us remember the Jewish women who resisted extermination in the European ghettoes and concentration camps, those who continued to struggle against prejudice and persecution in America, and the heroic trade union militants, especially those in the garment industry who fought against sweatshops.

Contributor Bios
Julia Stein was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of California at Irvine, she has taught college in Los Angeles for many years. She has published two prior books of poetry; 130 poems in magazines and journals; and articles and interviews on women's, multicultural, and working-class literature in the U.S.