There's Jews in Texas?
by Debra Winegarten

Poetica Pr, 2011. ISBN 978-0-983-64106-3.
Reviewed by Judith Helburn
Posted on 04/21/2012


There's Jews in Texas? is a chapbook, winner of the 2011 Chapbook Contest of Poetica Magazine. Only 36 pages, this book of poetry is funny, introspective and full of observations both of her and by her. She begins with some second grade experiences: one of a man on the street telling her she would be going to Hell because she was Jewish and another of a teacher telling her she had a direct line to God, also because she was Jewish. Other poems tell of her missing her mother, of innocents dying because of their religion, of daring to say prayers in a synagogue in Cairo after being told that praying was not allowed.

Each poem is a short life story, understandable to anyone. Winegarten will make you smile. She will cause you to pause and think.

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Debra Winegarten pays the rent by working for the Dept. of Astronomy at the University of Texas in Austin. By night she writes. Visit her website.

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