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“Playful and erudite, irreverent and prayerful, Rick Chess’s new poems speak to post-modern exile, taking up the timeless Jewish themes of freedom and slavery. Read Third Temple for its rich musicality and wise meditations on gender, politics, and the requirements of the moral life.” -Robin Becker
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.