Lives celebrates the moments that make life luminous. Sharon
Lask Munson’s language renders the transformations of life
into art, the moments that make life beautiful. Sharon’s
poems have a generous helping of her family history, food that
will make you hungry, and early years filled with great tenderness.
Sharon’s own words describe her poetry best: “Order
up Laughter. / Let the stories be tender, the poetry loving.”
Her poems anoint you with vision and grace."
— Diane Frank, Author of Swan Light
and Yoga of the Impossible
"Like her Detroit neighbor, Philip Levine, Sharon Lask Munson
speaks from the heart of the American Jewish experience. The poems
take us on a journey from “a small Georgia town / “He
heard a voice calling, Landsman?” to Jerusalem,
Germany, Russia, Brooklyn. Throughout these pages are woven the
strands of lineage, of family, of community, of “The
Whole Mishpocha.” Munson perfectly expresses the delicate
yet powerful double-hold that continuity and change exert in Braiding
— Toni Hanner, Author of Gertrude
and The Raveling Braid
Mostly, she talks. I listen.
Her voice, the music of my childhood—
the pitch, the cadence, all Aunt Bessie.
We talk about
Mollie’s temper, Harold’s triumphs,
Norman’s business failures
and whatever happened to
cousin Mildred’s daughter,
the middle one who went to Stanford
and showed such promise.
She tells me to buy canned tuna
in olive oil at Trader Joe’s.
She tells me to stop spreading with schmaltz;
it will kill me.
She tells me on Christmas Day
all the Jews in Philly
will be dining in Chinese restaurants.
At ninety, she’s a regular Fanny Brice.
After I’m dead, she tells me,
Sheldon will get a real job.
Ruthie will meet someone and remarry.
Call and let me know.