Over the past five years, poet, physician, and fellow member of Highgate Poets Norbert Hirschhorn has immersed himself in Yiddish folk song, seeking to free them from “dutiful, stilted” scholarly translations into re-imaginings as English-language poems for his newest collection To Sing Away the Darkest Days (Holland Park Press, 2013). In doing so, Hirschhorn brings much of himself into these pieces, often journeying far from the source text, through his cultural past and personal present, to infuse these poems with immediacy and relevance.
They have been publishing an anthology of member poems every other year since their founding in 1977. I am delighted to have two poems in their newest anthology, Urban Harvest, and pleased to announce that it is now available for sale online at their website.
The book ships throughout the UK, however you can also contact the group coordinator if you are interested in ordering from abroad.