Sunday 4 May 2014


A. AGNI (September 1889-September 21, 1916)
Adopted name of Arn Gordon.  Born in Belaya Tserkov (Bila Tserkva), near Kiev, son of Mortkhe Gorodinski who changed his surname to Gordon when he came to the United States.  Agni studied in religious schools and was a university applicant; politically, he was a Bundist and later a socialist Zionist.  He roamed from city to city as a teacher.  When he came to the United States, he was suffering from tuberculosis and made an effort to commit suicide.  He began writing at age nineteen, and from 1911 he published poems in Fraye arbiter shtime (Free voice of labor) and Dos naye lebn (New life).  The poems that survived him were published by his brother under the title Lieder (Poems) (New York, 1919), 41 pp., with “a few words from H. Leivick.”  He died in a Boston hospital from tuberculosis.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.

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