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Untitled I and II by Jennifer Rich

Untitled I

I rise from

the ground

the grave

as the sun is reborn.

My eyes dull

mirrors of your own.

My body



made of bone

and teeth,

blood and


Untitled II

I wonder if I

will rise from

the ash of my

family, like a


Or if I have

already been


Jennifer Rich

Jennifer Rich is a professor of Sociology, and Director of the Rowan Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights.  Her first book, Keepers of Memory, is about intergenerational memory and the Holocaust.  She is currently at work on a book that traces her family story, particularly the fault lines between history and memory.  Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Conversation, and Hechinger Report.

Twitter: @jdrich219

About these poems

Untitled I and II are about the family stories that both consume and propel us.


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