The Poetry of Bearing Witness

Howard Richard Debs

is a poet, writer, photographer, sometime artist, musician, and singer-songwriter. He received a University of Colorado Poetry Prize at age 19. After spending the past 50 years in the field of communications, he resumed his literary pursuits, and his work appears or is forthcoming in The Germ, Calliope, Big River Poetry Review, Jewish Currents, Poetica Magazine, Misfitmagazine, Star 82 Review, The Review Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Verse-Virtual, Dialogual, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Piecemeal Review, Remarkable Doorways Literary Magazine, Indiana Voice Journal, Blue Bonnet Review, China Grove and Eclectica Magazine. His forthcoming book, co-edited with Matthew E. Silverman, is New Voices from Salvaged Words: An Anthology of Contemporary Holocaust Poetry and Essays. For more of his writing visit his blog Communicators & Communications. Born and bred in Chicago, Howard now lives in sunny South Florida with his wife of 49 years Sheila, where they spend considerable time spoiling their four grandchildren.

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April 15th, 2015

Can there be and should there be Holocaust poetry? A poet investigates the need for memory and retelling through a series of ekphrastic poems for Yom HaShoah.