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Celia Dropkin was an influential Yiddish poet. Born in Eastern Europe, she received both a traditional Jewish and a secular education, and emigrated to New York in 1912, at the age of 25. Dropkin’s only poetry collection, In Heysn Vint (In a Hot Wind), established her as one of modern Yiddish’s major poets, and she was known in particular for her explicitly erotic lyrics, which influenced a generation of Yiddish writers.
The Acrobat: Selected Poems of Celia Dropkin, translated from Yiddish by Faith Jones, Jennifer Kronovet, and Samuel Solomon. Foreword by Edward Hirsch (Tebot Bach, 2014)