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“The overarching subject of Tekiah, Richard Chess’s marvelous first book of poems, is the privileged and oppressive legacy of religious and historical experience, of memory that burdens the present even as it helps to clarify it. In a remarkable idiom that is as unpredictable as it is just . . .Chess brings the lift and shine of lyric speech to bear upon the unredeemable disorders of contemporary life. Tekiah will amaze, challenge and console all those who seek in poetry the transfiguring articulation of our darkest problems.” –Alan Shapiro
Richard Chess is the author of three previous books of poetry: Tekiah (1996), Chair in the Desert (2000), and Third Temple (2006), all published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as Image, Literature and Belief, New England Review, and Smartish Pace, and in anthologies including Best American Spiritual Writing 2005, Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry. He is Chair of the English Department and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.