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At the Edge of the Dirac Sea

poems by Nina Pick

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In conversation with the ghosts and the spaces these ghosts inhabit, At the Edge of the Dirac Sea interweaves personal and ancestral narrative to consider the spiritual crises provoked by the trauma of the Holocaust and its lingering intergenerational reverberations. In its reaching for the metaphors of physics, architecture, and psyche, this work aims to speak the unlanguagable experience, whether of grief or of grace, in whatever language can be found.

POETRY / General

ISBN: 978-1-951651-78-7 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

112 pages

Author Biography

Nina Pick is the author of two chapbooks, À Luz and Leaving the Lecture on Dance, and editor of The Gardener Says. Her poems have appeared nationally and internationally in numerous journals and anthologies. A resident of Massachusetts, she is an oral historian with the Yiddish Book Center and has a private practice in Integrative Spiritual Counseling, focusing on dreamwork, embodiment, and intergenerational healing.



“Reading Nina Pick, like reading Emily Dickinson, is overhearing a soul talking to God about love, death, loss, and human suffering. Pick is a visionary poet; her music is spellbinding, and her poems seem at times like incantations. At the Edge of the Dirac Sea is a numinous book that shines with radiance and mystery, and asks important questions about grief. A powerful collection.”
Ellery Akers, author of Practicing the Truth and Swerve: Poems on Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance

“The poems in Nina Pick’s At the Edge of the Dirac Sea enact an urgent and earnest searching after some sustaining truth. A heartbreaking vertigo fueled by the most basic desire—to be a definable self in a definable world.”
Jane Mead, author of Money Money Money Water Water Water

“Nina Pick's poetry is arresting and altogether original in conception. The poems have a richly textured sense of language and are filled with haunting, often oneiric images, joining theological and philosophic interests with an intense personal exploration of the contradictory nature of love.”
Robert Alter, professor of Hebrew and comparative literature, University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary

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