About this book
“There must have been some moments. What remains?”
At once accessible and lyrical, the poems of David Curzon represent a spiritual imagination in the broadest sense of the term. The ninety poems in this collection are special for their autobiographical themes—a youth in Australia, spiritual wanderings in India, and adoption of New York City as home—but also reflect the deep resonances of art and ancient texts in the poet’s inner world. Curzon’s poems on biblical themes read like modern midrashim and woven throughout are deeply felt responses to the Jewish historical experience. Critic Andrew Bullen, reviewing The Oxford Book of Australian Religious Verse, writes: “For me, David Curzon’s ‘Psalm 1,’ a post-Holocaust midrash, was the discovery of the book.”
David Curzon is author of several books of poetry — Midrashim, Dovchik, and The View from Jacob’s Ladder — and editor of the anthology, Modern Poems on the Bible. Born in Melbourne, Mr. Curzon has a B.Sc. in physics and a doctorate in economics. He worked for NASA in Washington, and for the United Nations where, as Chief of the Central Evaluation Unit, he assessed peace-keeping operations and refugee and environment programs. He lives in New York City.