Henry Israeli’s most recent poetry collections are Our Age of Anxiety (White Pine: 2019), and god’s breath hovering across the waters, (Four Way Books: 2016). He is also the translator of three critically acclaimed books by Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Plume, and The Harvard Review, as well as several anthologies. Henry Israeli is also the founder and editor of Saturnalia Books, and teaches in the English and Philosophy Department of Drexel University where he runs the annual Drexel Writing Festival and the Jewish Studies program.
When I was eighteen, I wanted to write a screenplay based on my father’s life: from his birth in poverty, how his family gathered around one scant meal a day of potatoes and onions