Advance Praise for Ajanta’s Ledge:
Music has been known to travel phenomenal distances in no time, and in Sascha Feinstein's Ajanta's Ledge jazz tropes leapfrog the lived landscapes, from heart to heart, going wherever this authentic American voice dares to venture sonically and spiritually to places of earned solitude. In other words, in Ajanta's Ledge—from the public to the personal—this poet travels to the past, present, and future, surveying historical fissures while simultaneously creating those moments of healing that true art always reckons with.
A surge of joy in art, as in certain vocal music, not so much overcoming grief as joining it, even embodying it: that is the subject, the method and the appeal of Sascha Feinstein's Ajanta's Ledge: wide-ranging, heartfelt, and beautifully made.
Whatever’s doing in the poems of Sascha Feinstein, whatever’s going on—great entertainment, prayers, a love song, a eulogy—the DNA of every poem is love and jazz; it is American, demands freedom, celebrates life, the dignity of every human being. If poetry can do it, I can see this book saving lives.