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Thomas Fink - poems based on the the Yiddish-English hybrid speech: Russia’s a liar; I don’t believe him. How far are they? They’re in Cuba. They’re slaves. And they want to expand over the whole world they want. Not human people there to give human rights anyone

Thomas Fink, Yinglish Strophes 1-19, Truck Books, 2009.

Yinglish Strophes 1-19 represents the first nineteen poems in a series based on the the Yiddish-English hybrid speech of Fink's grandmother. A delight for those who appreciate vernacular speech, and beautiful poems.

While this is a review of a particular title, I deliberately chose a title from Chris Alexander and Kristin Gallagher’s (quite) newly formed Truck Books. The press, based in Queens, has been publishing since 2009 and has published six titles to date. This Spring 2011 they have made three publications available: Robert Fitterman’s Now We Are Friends; as well as titles by the editors — Gallagher’s We Are Here (an expanded continuation of the latter half of her experimental essay “Some Limits of Ratio; or, Aesthetic Has No Goal” from Crayon 5, Roberto Harrison and Andrew Levy’s sincerely useful journal); and Alexander’s Panda.
Interestingly hidden among the book reviews in that same issue of Crayon is a (some…

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