Two Worlds Exist
poems by Yehoshua November
Finalist for the 2016 National Jewish Book Award in Poetry and the 2017 Paterson Poetry Prize
Read "Prayer" from Two Worlds Exist in The New York Times Magazine!
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Publication Date: November 1, 2016
ABOUT THE BOOK
Yehoshua November's second poetry collection, Two Worlds Exist, movingly examines the harmonies and dissonances involved in practicing an ancient religious tradition in contemporary America. November's beautiful and profound meditations on work and family life, and the intersections of the sacred and the secular, invite the reader—regardless of background—to imaginatively inhabit a life of religious devotion in the midst of our society's commotion.
November manages to bring the same gravity and grace to both the common and the cosmic.
[November's poems] spiral from the quotidian to the otherworldly, and back again. Each nearly bursts from its taut parameters, aching with sorrow and reverence, stitched with humility, love and pain, pulsing with passions both earthly and divine.
–The Chicago Tribune
November inspires, welcomes, surprises, enriches, wrestles and consoles in these poems that matter.
–The New York Jewish Week
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.
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.
Yehoshua November's poems are deeply felt, carefully crafted, insightful, and moving. While contemporary American literary culture tends to view "religious" and "literary" values in opposition, November's poetry brilliantly bridges this divide. He writes with tenderness, understanding, and disarming modesty; at the same time, his characteristic subjects—the challenges posed by married life, child rearing, and suffering, both physical and spiritual—are among the great subjects of literature and life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yehoshua November is the author of two books of poetry, God’s Optimism, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and Two Worlds Exist, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Prairie Schooner, VQR, and on NPR. November teaches writing at Rutgers University and Touro College.
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