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The Lowercase Jew
by Rodger Kamenetz
Northwestern University Press, 2003
eISBN: 978-0-8101-2206-2 | Paper: 978-0-8101-5152-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-5151-2
Library of Congress Classification PS3561.A4172L68 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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As dismissal and disdain of Jews speak through the art of some leading twentieth-century poets, so the poetry of Rodger Kamenetz artfully answers, framing in subtle terms the questions that haunt our culture-about the voices through which culture speaks, about the identity of poet and poetry, about the capacity of art to harm and to heal. Whether subjecting the anti-Semitic verses of T. S. Eliot to a literary trial; conjuring the eloquence with which "Allen Ginsberg forgives Ezra Pound on Behalf of the Jews"; or drawing upon personal history, the Torah, and Jewish mysticism to explore the tangled relations of Jewish identity and modern literature, Kamenetz's poems attest to the inexorable power of language.

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