Julie R. Enszer


Photo Credit to Steffan DeClue
Photo Credit to Steffan DeClue

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She is writing a history of lesbian-feminist presses from 1969 until 2000. She is the author of Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). She is editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland. She is the editor of Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, and a regular book reviewer for the Lambda Book Report and Calyx. You can read more of her work at www.JulieREnszer.com.



The ketubah doesn’t quite fit
the mahogany frame:
an extra quarter inch
on top and bottom.
I should have had it
professionally framed.
Carefully fold the edges
around the cardboard backing.
Hanging on the wall
the error is invisible.
This is the secret of marriage:
things don’t always fit.
Fold, adapt, squeeze
into form. Make do.


Note: A Ketubah is a Hebrew marriage contract and one of the first legal documents giving financial and legal rights to women. The Ketubah is usually created as an artistic keepsake to be treasured by families throughout the years. The literal translation of ketubah is “it is written.”

2 thoughts on “Julie R. Enszer”

  1. I enjoy the thought that as lesbians we tell the world that we want these things and then when the world gives them to us, we stick them in a frame or a box and say, “Eh, close enough.”

    My marriage certificate is in a file folder.

    Good poem.

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