Celia Dropkin

Celia Dropkin

About Celia Dropkin

Celia Dropkin was a Yiddish poet. Dropkin became active in Yiddish cultural circles in New York, translating many of her Russian poems into Yiddish for publication in Yiddish literary journals beginning in 1917. Her poems are generally considered superior to her stories. Both her poems and her stories reflect her biography but are not identical to it. She wrote many poems of nature and several evoking places she visited or lived. A large number of poems relate to her children. Dropkin’s best-known poem is certainly Tsirkus Dame (Circus Lady), which portrays the deep ambivalence of both the acrobat and her audience in matters of life and death. This poem has been translated in English at least nine times.
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