Swimming in the Rain:
New and Selected Poems, 1980-2015

Larios, Rick. “Swimming in the Rain.” The Manhattan Review  (Fall/ Winter 2015-2016). Read the review.

Cohen, Susan.  “Swimming in the Rain.” Prairie Schooner (Fall 2015). Read the review.

Hirschfield, Robert. “It is Either Serious or It Isn’t.” Jewish Review of Books (Fall 2015). Read the review.

Hirschhorn, Norbert. "Swimming in the Rain." London Grip Poetry Review (August 2015). Read the review.

Terman, Philip. "The Poetry of a Jewish Humanist." Tikkun (summer 2015). Read the review.

Ostriker, Alicia. "Love As Fierce As Death." Women’s Review of Books(July/August 2015). Read the review.

Williamson, Alan. "Swimming in the Rain."  On the Seawall (April 2015). Read the review.

Cavalieri, Grace. "Winter's Harvest." Washington Independent Review of Books (March 24, 2015). Read the review

Gilbert, Sandra M. “Mirrors of Mortality,” Poet Lore (Spring/Summer 2015), 125-32.

Mandel, Charlotte. "Swimming in the Rain." Poets’ Quarterly (Spring 2015). Read the review.

Enszer, Julie. "Swimming in the Rain." The Rumpus (March 4, 2015). Read the review.

Brahic, Beverley Bie. "Chana Bloch, Swimming in the Rain." The Times Literary Supplement (Feb. 27, 2015). Read the review

Barnat, Dara. “Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems.”  Los Angeles Review of Books (Feb. 5, 2015).  Read the review.

Davis, Carol V. “Chana Bloch’s New Poems on Art, Life and the Old World.” Jewish Journal (Jan. 12, 2015). Read the review.

Marmer, Jake. “The Best Jewish Poetry of 2014.” Read the review.

Blood Honey

Brahic, Beverley Bie. "Chana Bloch, Blood Honey." The Times Literary Supplement (Feb. 5, 2010). Read the review.

Ezrahi, Sidra DeKoven. "Late Love: Blood Honey by Chana Bloch." Tikkun (November /December 2009). Read the review.

Marmer, Jake. "Chana Bloch’s ‘Blood Honey’: Where Abraham Meets Baba Yaga." The Jewish Daily Forward (Nov. 20, 2009). Read the review.

Mrs. Dumpty

Merrin, Jeredith. "Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, and Chana Bloch's Mrs. Dumpty." Southern Review (Winter 2000). Read the review.

Rass, Rebecca. "Mrs. Dumpty." American Book Review (December 1999).

Rogoff, Jay. "Mutability Cantos." The Georgia Review 53 (1999).

Shomer, Enid. "Conflicting Emotions." The Women's Review of Books (May 1999). Read the review.

The Past Keeps Changing

Barresi, Dorothy. "Spirituality and Memory." American Book Review (October/ November 1993).

Gilbert, Sandra. "How These New Homegirls Sing." Poetry (August 1992).

Mayes, Frances. "The Department of the Interior." San Jose Mercury News (May 24, 1992).

The Secrets of the Tribe

Leider, Emily. "Literary San Francisco and Points Distant." San Francisco Review of Books (January/February 1981).

Smith, Dave. "Some Recent American Poetry: Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies." American Poetry Review (January/February 1982).

The Song of Songs

Goodstein, Laurie. "Putting Sensuality Back Into the Bible's Love Song." The New York Times (February 14, 1998). Read the review.

Josipovici, Gabriel. "International Books of the Year." The Times Literary Supplement (December 1, 1995).

Ostriker. Alicia. "Drunk with Love." The New York Review of Books (October 23, 1997). Read the review.

Yehuda Amichai, Open Closed Open

Wilson, Jonathan. “The God of Small Things.” The New York Times Book Review (December 10, 2000). Read the review.

Hecht, Anthony. "Sentenced to Reality." The New York Review of Books (November 2, 2000). Read the review.

Kessler, Stephen. "Theology for Atheists." Express Books (August 25, 2000).

Kirsch, Adam. "Opening Up the Great Human Emotions." Forward (May 5, 2000).

Williams, C. K. "We Cannot Be Fooled, We Can Be Fooled." The New Republic (July 3, 2000).

Yehuda Amichai, The Selected Poetry

Alter, Robert. "Israel's Master Poet." The New York Times Magazine (June 8, 1986).

Breslin, Paul. "Four Poets: Collected and Selected." Poetry (August 1987).

Hirsch, Edward. "In a Language Torn from Sleep." New York Times Book Review (August 3, 1986).

Josipovici, Gabriel. "Translating the World. Times Literary Supplement (October 17, 1986).

Revell, Donald. "Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai." Bloomsbury Review (March/April 1987).

Rudman, Mark. "Car, Bomb, God." The Nation (December 6, 1986).

Dahlia Ravikovitch, Hovering at a Low Altitude:
The Collected Poetry

Ezrahi, Sidra DeKoven. "Hovering at a Low Altitude." Ha'aretz Book Supplement (April 8, 2009). Read the review

Cohen, Uri S. "Barren Lusciousness." The Jewish Daily Forward (May 29, 2009). Read the review.

Grossman, Hagit. "Beyond All Delight." Ha'aretz (June 26, 2009). Read the review.

Dahlia Ravikovitch, The Window: New and Selected Poems

Owens, Rochelle. "The Window." American Book Review (September/October 1989).

Dahlia Ravikovitch, A Dress of Fire

Alter, Robert. "Hebrew to English." New York Times Book Review (April 15, 1979).

Howe, Irving. "A Dress of Fire." The New Republic (February 10, 1979).

Spelling the Word: George Herbert and the Bible

Drury, John. "Intuitions of Blessedness." Times Literary Supplement (February 28, 1986).

Freer, Coburn. "Spelling the Word." George Herbert Journal (Fall 1985).

Gottlieb, Sidney. "Spelling the Word." Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 86:1.

Piret, Michael. "Spelling the Word." Review of English Studies (February 1987).

Post, Jonathan. "Reforming the Temple: Recent Criticism of George Herbert." John Donne Journal 3 (1984).

Rickey, Mary Ellen. "Spelling the Word." Renaissance Quarterly (Summer 1986).


Bilyak, Dianne. “Questions of Faith: Chana Bloch.” Poetry Society of America website posted April 2012. Read the interview.

Rabb, Zara. “An interview with author Chana Bloch.” San Francisco Book Review, October 17, 2011. Read the interview.

Pine, Dan. “Poetic justice: East Bay team translates verse of controversial Israeli writer.” J Weekly, May 21, 2009. Read the interview.

Jannie Dresser. “Two Chanas celebrate Israeli poet Dahlia Ravikovitch.”, April 29, 2009. PDF available.

Arin, Jennifer. Interview with Chana Bloch. The Writer's Chronicle (March/April 2001), 10-19.

Bachman, Merle. "Chana Bloch." In Contemporary Jewish-American Dramatists and Poets: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook," ed. Joel Shatzky and Michael Taub. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1999, pp. 220-225.

Mavor, Anne. "Chana Bloch." In Strong Hearts, Inspired Minds: Twenty-two Interviews with Artists Who are Mothers. Portland, OR: Rowanberry Books, 1996, 182-192.

McEntyre, Marilyn Chandler. "A Place to Put the Pain: Three Cancer Stories." Literature and Medicine (Spring 1995), 87-104.

McEntyre, Marilyn Chandler. "Letters from Exile: Poetry and Pain." Santa Barbara Review (Spring 1996), 11-25.

Jonathan Barron. "At Home in the Margins: The Jewish American Voice Poem in the 1990s." College Literature (1997), 104-123.