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Joy Ladin is on leave from Stern College of Yeshiva University, where she holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English.  Joy’s first book of poetry, Alternatives to History, was published by Sheep Meadow in 2003; The Book of Anna came out in spring 2007.  Joy’s poems and essays have appeared in many periodicals.  She is currently finishing a new book of poetry and a study of American modernist poetics while writing a memoir called Inside Out: Confessions of a Woman Caught in the Act of Becoming.

From Sheep Meadow Press

In this brainy, mature first book, imagination rules, wedding poetic forms to unflinching meditations on human suffering, terror, love, and unbearable loss. Despite the ubiquity of evil and death in his poems, there is, in Yeats’s words, ‘a gaiety transfiguring all that dread.’

—Herbert Leibowitz

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Ladin is a devotional poet who is also blasphemous ... I am grateful for the poetry that offers a good laugh and a good cry.

—Stanley Moss