Norman Finkelstein (poet)

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Norman Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein is an American poet and literary critic. He has written extensively about modern and postmodern poetry and about Jewish American literature. According to Tablet Magazine, Finkelstein's poetry "is simultaneously secular and religious, stately and conversational, prophetic, and circumspect."[1]

Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1954. He earned his B.A. from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He is a Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has taught since 1980.

Books of poetry[edit]

  • Restless Messengers (Georgia, 1992)
  • Track: three volumes. Track (Spuyten Duyvil, 1999), Columns (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002), and Powers (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005)
  • Passing Over (Marsh Hawk, 2007)
  • Scribe (Dos Madres, 2009)

Books of literary criticism[edit]

  • The Utopian Moment in Contemporary American Literature (Bucknell, 1988, 1993)
  • The Ritual of New Creation: Jewish Tradition and Contemporary Literature (SUNY, 1992)
  • Not One of Them In Place: Modern Poetry and Jewish American Identity (SUNY, 2002)
  • Lyrical Interference: Essays on Poetics (Spuyten Duyvil, 2004)
  • On Mount Vision: Forms of the Sacred In Contemporary American Poetry (Iowa, 2010)


  1. ^ Scribes and Scribblers: Poetry inspired by architecture, prophecy, and the immigration experience, David Kaufman, Tablet Magazine, Dec. 2, 2009. [1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Review of Scribe by Robert Archambeau in The Offending Adam.
  • Review of Scribe by David Kaufmann in Tablet.
  • Henry Weinfield, "Passing Through" [review of Passing Over], Shofar 27.3 (Spring 2009): 151-155.
  • Burt Kimmelman, "Objectivist Poetics Since 1970" in The World In Time and Space: Toward a History of Innovative American Poetry in Our Time, ed. Edward Foster and Joseph Donahue (Talisman House, 2002), 161-184.
  • Eric Murphy Selinger, "Azoy Toot a Yid: Secular Poetics and 'The Jewish Way,'" in Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture, ed. Stephen Paul Miller and Daniel Morris (Alabama, 2010), 354-377.

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