One brother emigrated to Israel, the other remained in the United States. Both became poets, searching for words the other would hear. A very personal review of my Letters to America: Selected Poems of Reuven Ben-Yosef.

What irony for a poet with such a grudge against America to be published here! Fifteen years after he died, a major reassessment of Reuven Ben-Yosef’s work may win him readers—an audience—on these shores. As far as I’m concerned, this book is a triumph for our family.

Read the full essay at the Jewish Review of Books.