by Paul Nebenzahl

Book cover featuring an abstract painting of flowers

Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the May 22, 2014 release of Black Shroud With Rainbow Fringes: Poems 2010-2013 by Paul Nebenzahl.

"In this impressive gathering of fifty poems, Nebenzahl discovers long-lost relatives that were displaced from World War II and the Holocaust. In this unearthing, Nebenzahl finds himself questioning his past and present to imagine a new future in elegiac dimensions. These expressions intertwine and mediate language as a process for divinity, humor, and truth. The poetry excavates with humanity the trauma of the unexplained and the mystery of creative response as an authentic gesture from the human hand and heart that is writing."

"Look for the rainbow fringes. At such bright speculative mind-trip edges in these poems, one finds polka dots and moonbeams, the summer of hate, dad's whiskey spittle on the lapel of a National Guardsman, poems written on A&P bags, Mingus, ice and madness, Freaky Jerry, red diaperism, fly-or-die panic, and people miraculously wearing love like heaven. The whole book is a dreamarium. In a world of jingles written like lead bullets, Paul Nebenzahl's poems stand generously to oppose them."
AL FILREIS, Kelly Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, author of Wallace Stevens & the Actual World.

Black Shroud With Rainbow Fringes: Poems 2010-2013 is available at


is a writer, musician, and painter who lives in Evanston, Illinois, and Sleepy Hollow, New York. As a performing multi-instrumentalist, and composer, Paul has created works for film and television, and has performed extensively in theater, stage, and club settings. In 2012, Paul's poem "Gusen Station" was published in English, Italian and German by the International Committee for Mauthausen and Gusen. His poem "Charles Bukowski" appears in the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology (2013) and "Here's to the Singer of Songs" is featured in the Silver Birch Press Summer Anthology(2013)..