Book details

Publication date: August 2014
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Poetry/Canadian Literature/Immigration
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Poetry, Poetry/Canadian Literature/Immigration, HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union, History of specific lands, Poetry/Canadian Literature/Immigration, Literature, Poetry
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Ella Zeltserman. Ella Zeltserman is a Soviet-born poet and an active member of the Edmonton poetry community. Her poems have been published in anthologies and magazines.

"Her first collection of powerfully sad and hopeful, full of Russian history and personal histories, her family, herself." [Full interview at]

Ariel Gordon, The Jane Day Reader

"Ella Zeltserman waited decades to pen her experiences of oppression and liberation.... In these 38 poems, small things left behind weaves a big story. It traces the poet's bold quest for a better life after she sees a Soviet documentary of a Russian-Jewish immigration... Zeltserman's story of the human cost of leaving one country, one life, for another, has made her an important voice." Fall/Winter 2014

Linda Alberta, Prairie Books Now

"Ella's is an important story for all readers and she tells it with razor-sharp prose and exquisite imagery. The poems tell a story of politics and family, of leaving and arriving, of displacement and longing... [A] book that belongs in schools and classrooms, on the shelves of libraries and in homes as a treasured part of a family collection."

Deborah Shatz, Edmonton Jewish News

"That is what I would write if I were a poet."

Agnes Macklin, a Holocaust survivor and a refugee from Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award, Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
Western Canada Jewish Book Awards, Canada
Book Design of the Year, Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
ISBNs: 9781772120028 978-1-77212-002-8 Title: small things left behind ISBNs: 9781772120127 978-1-77212-012-7 Title: small things left behind ISBNs: 9781772120134 978-1-77212-013-4 Title: small things left behind ISBNs: 9781772120141 978-1-77212-014-1 Title: small things left behind