Rachel Kaufman's first poetry collection Many to Remember enters the archive's unconscious to reveal the melodies hidden within the language of the past. The collection unravels Kaufman's historical research of New Mexican crypto-Jews and the Mexican Inquisition alongside the poet's own family histories. The book navigates questions of memory, transmission, media, and translation and asks: How can poetry translate history and the rhythms and form of the archive?
About the Author
Rachel Kaufman is currently pursuing a PhD in Latin American and Jewish History at UCLA. Her poetry has appeared on poets.org and in the Harvard Review, Southwestern American Literature, Western Humanities Review, JuxtaProse, and elsewhere, and her prose has appeared in the Yale Historical Review and Rethinking History. She received a BA in English and History from Yale University.
In the archive, the poet calls to the past, and the past responds. Her family narrative intertwines with remote chapters of her people's chronicle.... Histories overlap, life stories resonate, unexpected parallels emerge. Translation is the key: "At the edge of words," she tells her ghosts, "I accompany you, seeing." From poem to poem in this deeply moving first book, Rachel Kaufman keeps the commandment: Zakhor! Remember! - Norman Finkelstein
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