I’ve got a fun giveaway for y’all today: a book of poems written by Texas Jew Debra Winegarten. There’s Jews in Texas? is the winner of the Winner of the 2011 Poetica Magazine national poetry contest. But you don’t have to be Texan or Jewish to appreciate these poignant and often funny poems on what it’s like growing up a Jew in Dallas. Here is a little review from The Jewish Book Council:
To Debra Winegarten, living as a Jew means being “different” from everyone. No, this isn’t a pity party for herself; Winegarten accepts her difference and uses her gutsy strength and sense of humor to embrace her identity along with all the losses and loves known during the journey. She is funny and compassionate. In “Second Grade, Part One” she describes how she was assigned a locker with a Negro (the word was politically correct at that time) and rather than take it as a sign of rejection she decided it was because they were meant to take care of each other. Or the resignation of buying the Thanksgiving turkey that now, with her mother gone, inspires her to set a spot at the table, like creating a space for Elijah. Love is sacred in these and the remainder of this too-brief collection. Keep writing, Ms. Winegarten; the honesty, humor, and poignancy of your poetry deserve to reach more readers.
Neat, right? These poems are really well written, heart-felt and I think you will love it! Makes a great gift too.
TO ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF THERE’S JEWS IN TEXAS?:
- Like BOTH What Jew Wanna Eat and There’s Jews in Texas? on Facebook and leave a comment below one the blog saying that you did!
It’s that’s easy! You have until 11:50pm CT on Wednesday, February 20th to enter. US entrants only. Thanks!