I could not stop myself I was in flames.
after four chapters filled with sex, which shamed
in other books before but never blamed
and came again (pornography of pain),
—sprawled out beside the pit of stiff remains,
the one: the death-of-love renamed
Shulamith, as the figure of Jewish suffering in Celan's Todesfuge, can interogate (with impunity) a text that many found simultaneously offensive, brilliant, pornographic, and derivative when it was first published. "Shulamith Reads The White Hotel" comes from a series of Shulamith poems that examines issues of representation in Holocaust literature and asks about the possibility of experiencing joy, pleasure after the Shoah.