The Heroine’s Journey of Adeena Karasick


Lovely piece about poet Adeena Karasick, who I recently interviewed as well for the Jewish Independent.

The Heroine's Journey

What is the best thing that I love about my work? That no matter where i am in the world, language is a landscape to live in.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? On the page or on the stage when i am at one with the words

What is my greatest fear? Immobility

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Impulsivity. Hedony. Obsessiveness

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? All my language-focused colleagues, mentors, teachers, heroes, friends, warriors, who are challenging borders, power structures in the face of enormous cultural political and aesthetic adversity, controversy, outrage; and with commitment to transgression and at times anarchic intervention, continue to fight through their language.

What is my greatest extravagance? Taking great risks with the work

On what occasion would I lie? When sitting is not an option

What is the thing that I…

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Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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