My mother

Gave me

Clarinet lessons, but

I never learned

To play

The clarinet.


Because I had no breath.


Now I see

What the breath

Can do


Transform and


A piece of

Polished wood.

Between 1975-1988 Dvorah Telushkin worked as a personal assistant, editor, and translator for Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Yiddish writer who won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her translations appeared in The New Yorker, and in collections of Mr. Singer’s stories published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. In 1997, she published her memoir, Master of Dreams, telling the story of her twelve-year apprenticeship with Mr. Singer. The book received wide critical attention, including a review in The New York Times. The Weekly Standard called the book “a fully realized portrait of a writer… a reminder that the author’s life was as fascinating as his best fiction.” She is currently completing her first novel, The Cry of the Loon. In addition, she has recently completed a one-woman show, In Search of the Perfect Pocketbook, which is currently being launched. In 2013, she published in the poetry journals, “The Light Ekphrastic”, “Literary Juice”, and “Orion Headless.”




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