Many people will be celebrating the first Seder of Passover tonight, considering the wonder of the delivery of the Jews from Egypt and the universal promise of spring, as well as the importance of telling our children what past generations have experienced and learned. In that spirit, we offer a poem of spring resurrection from Marge Piercy's most recent collection THE CROOKED INHERITANCE. For Piercy's poems and reflections specifically about Passover and its traditions—and the need to keep them fresh and relevant to contemporary celebrants—readers should consult Piercy's PESACH FOR REST OF US, a delightful how-to memoir, in which she brings together her advice on putting together a personal and meaningful ceremony, family stories, her own holiday recipes, and many of the Passover poems and readings she has composed for use in seders through the years. Her recipe for egg salad, which follows further below, is its own kind of spring poem.
Excerpt from THE CROOKED INHERITANCE. Copyright © 2007 by Marge Piercy. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpt from PESACH FOR THE REST OF US. Copyright © 2007 by Marge Piercy. Excerpted by permission of Schocken Books, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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