Henry Rasof has been writing poetry since 1964 and publishing and giving readings since 1968. He has degrees in music, creative writing, and Jewish studies. He worked in book publishing for thirty years, has edited literary magazines and a chapbook series, and has taught writing courses and workshops. Although he has written plenty of “regular” poems, “experimentation,” taking many forms, has always been his main interest.
His print publications include magazines such as HaLapid, Partisan Review, Wisconsin Review, Kansas Quarterly, Bits, Black Box, Midstream, Jewish Currents, and Poetica; anthologies such as Assembling and Text-Sound Texts; and electronic publications such as X-Peri, Numinous, In Stereo, and the Boulder Jewish News. He also has published four books of poems and prose poems: The House (2009); Chance Music: Prose Poems 1974 to 1982 (2012); Here I Seek You: Jewish Poems for Shabbat, Holy Days, and Everydays (2016); and Souls in the Garden: Poems About Jewish Spain (2019). His web site www.medievalhebrewpoetry.org includes well-known poets’ English translations of medieval Hebrew poems; articles and original essays; a bibliography; photographs; and other information.
He also was a professional oboist in the late 1960s and early 1970s, performing classical music with various groups and in different venues, from churches to small concert halls. From 1966 to 1969 he also played electric oboe with The Orkustra, an experimental ensemble comprising, in addition to oboe, amplified acoustic bass, amplified violin, electric guitar, and drums, and performing in San Francisco and Berkeley. Some sample songs, a poster, and an illustration of the group can be found at The Orkustra.
Henry Rasof lives in Colorado and enjoys travel, especially to exotic places. He has been to India three times and Japan twice, in addition to Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Israel.
Check out his newly published book!Also take look at .pdf versions of a collection of his Jewish poems and prose pieces, most of which are on this web site and on my www.medievalhebrewpoetry.org web site but are not in a print collection.
And look at .pdf versions of three brand-new books of his of works that he edited:
The Wit, Whimsy, Wisdom, and Wordplay of Bernard Rasof [my father!], Including but Not Limited to Virtuous Limericks, Rhymes of No Reason, Restaurant Reviews, Shaggy Doggerel, Vapid Variations, Nonsense, and More (or Less). And, this book is now availabe in print. Click the link for more information: Wit, Whimsy, Wisdom, and Wordplay.
And finally, take a look at something he finished in January 2020,
a meld of Jewish and Spanish legend and lore. It’s only a few pages long,
so taking a look won’t hurt, at least not too much.