The University of Wisconsin Press

Poetry / Jewish Studies

Looking Back, Going Forward
New and Selected Poems
Herman Taube

“I live on a reserve of burdensome memories amassed in dark times, They are the power that excites, provokes, and stimulates my actions.”
—Herman Taube

The work of poet and novelist Herman Taube reveals the inner world of a tormented yet loving soul, a world of deep richness and passion. Looking Back, Going Forward includes recent English translations of poems Taube originally wrote in Polish and Yiddish about his World War II experiences in Poland, Siberia, Uzbekistan, Russia, and Pomerania. It also includes poems dealing with emigration to the United States in 1947, his continuing work as a journalist, and a life that has been dedicated to service in Jewish communities and his expanding family.

Herman Taube is the author of twenty books of poetry and fiction, among them Between the Shadows: New and Selected Works; Autumn Travels; Devious Paths (essays on Yiddish writers, stories, and poems); and two recent novels, Kyzyl Kishlak/Refugee Village and My Baltimore Landsmen.

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Cover has two portraits: one of the author as he is today and the other of him as a younger man

May 2002
256 pp.   6 x 9
Paper ISBN 978-1-928755-03-6

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