Welcome to Elliott batTzedek’s brain online, a collection of my writing, my writing about writing, quotations from other people’s writing, and the occasional gift from the source of universal mystery and dark humor.
I’m a poet, critic, activist, teacher, gardener, a Jew of the Feminist, non-Zionist variety (there are more of us than you might think!), and a life-long collector of random interesting facts. You’ll find all of these in here somewhere. Promise.
I started this blog when I started an MFA in poetry at Drew University in January 2009. I’ve since finished that degree, and am working on Drew’s second track, an MFA in poetry in translation. You can find notes and thoughts on my translation project behind the “Translating Shez” tab on the menu at the top.
What else is here? Posts and poems are most easily accessed by searching the Tag field on the right and clicking on anything of interest. Along the tab menu at the top you’ll find sections on my craft essays and book reviews, a few bits of fiction, a selection of the liturgical pieces I’ve created, and the “Songs of Ascent,” an ongoing project of poems about mountaintop removal mining. In a box on the right, titled “Elliott’s writing online,” you’ll find links to poems and essays published or archived out there on the web somewhere.
I’ve finally opened a Performances page with video and audio clips from my readings. Enjoy it here
My blog, by happy accident, has also become the online home of information on lesbian writer Martha Courtot, who died in 2000. I am slowly posting some of her poems, and under them you’ll find commentary by members of Martha’s family and by long-time fans who have been searching for their favorite poems for years. If you love Martha’s work and are looking for a particular poem, drop me a note and I’ll try to find it for you.
If you stop by for a visit, drop a note so I know you were here!