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Memory and Fire: Ten American Jewish Poets

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Gary Pacernick

This book shows how ten important American Jewish poets (Ginsberg, Ignatow, Levine, Nemerov, Reznikoff, Rukeyser, Rothenberg, Shapiro, Simpson, Zukofsky) often use their artistry to express a personal identification with their Jewish heritage through a rich and complex dynamic of memory (history) and fire (prophecy).
Through careful analysis of key poems, the author demonstrates that these poets bear witness to a tradition of prophets and psalmists while grappling with the meaning of their American lives.
Contents: This book shows how ten important American Jewish poets use their artistry to express a personal identification with their Jewish heritage through a dynamic of memory (history) and fire (prophecy).