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Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections (review)

Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections (review) Book Reviews seek other possibilities, more unified and more hopeful, than they now know. There is more to life than spelling bees and autograph sales. In these masterful novels, the protagonists and the readers glimpse a world that offers more. Susan Willens Department of English George Washington University Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections, edited by Jonathan N. Barron and Eric Murphy Selinger. Hanover: University Press of New England (Brandeis University Press), 2000. 416 pp. $60.00. In the Introduction to Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections, the editors, Jonathan N. Barron and Eric Murphy Selinger, proclaim that their "main goal is to announce the existence of a major contribution to American poetry: the various and increasingly self-conscious Jewish American poetic tradition." This tradition can be traced at least as far back as Emma Lazarus, a New York City-born poet of both Sephardic and Ashkenazic ancestry, whose sonnet, "The New Colossus," is the very first poem in this collection. Barron and Selinger open wide the portals of their volume with "the mighty woman with a torch, Mother of Exiles," who welcomed all to the shores of America, the "New Jerusalem." Rather than present poems and essays representative http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections (review)

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Book Reviews seek other possibilities, more unified and more hopeful, than they now know. There is more to life than spelling bees and autograph sales. In these masterful novels, the protagonists and the readers glimpse a world that offers more. Susan Willens Department of English George Washington University Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections, edited by Jonathan N. Barron and Eric Murphy Selinger. Hanover: University Press of New England (Brandeis University Press), 2000. 416 pp. $60.00. In the Introduction to Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections, the editors, Jonathan N. Barron and Eric Murphy Selinger, proclaim that their "main goal is to announce the existence of a major contribution to American poetry: the various and increasingly self-conscious Jewish American poetic tradition." This tradition can be traced at least as far back as Emma Lazarus, a New York City-born poet of both Sephardic and Ashkenazic ancestry, whose sonnet, "The New Colossus," is the very first poem in this collection. Barron and Selinger open wide the portals of their volume with "the mighty woman with a torch, Mother of Exiles," who welcomed all to the shores of America, the "New Jerusalem." Rather than present poems and essays representative

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Feb 24, 2005

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