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September 16, 1966 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-09-16

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Italian-Jewish Banker
Gicomo Alatri, a 19th Century
Italian-Jewish financier and bank-
er, was one of the first presidents
of the Bank of Rome:

Days Remembered A Page From My Notebook

By NATHAN ZIPRIN

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
46—Friday, September 16, 1966

thin on Glatstein himself, but in

those days- it was a daring inno-
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vation, a path larded with traps
for all but the genuinely _gifted.
SKY DIRT
However, the gift that Glatstein
brought to Yiddish poetry is not
SOIL
For Every Need
introspectiveness, b u t incompar-
able talent, combining audacious
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artistic sweep with savor of Jew-
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Glatstein has a sweeping theme,
and there is no emotion he can-
not limn. He has a remarkable
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facility for subtlety and most elu-
SPICK CLEANERS
sive of nuances. He combines wis-
dom with satire, depth with beauty,
& FURRIERS
wrath with balance. The canvas
Specializing in All Alterations
on which he paints is limitless in
on Ladies', Men's and
Children's Clothing
a way, for no theme is alien to
his fertile mind. But his colors
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r.
are at their most wrathful best
when he lamentizes Jewish des-
tiny. Jewish deterioration, Jewish
pathlessness. He feels Jewish hurt
New Year Greetings
JACOB GLATSTEIN
with painful sensitivity, so much
so that he even bids the world a
diance as they sought respite after
long sessions with questions and symbolic "good night" in one of
his poems, counselling Jewish .re-
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problems that were to judge their
turn td looks and niches and ghet-
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competence for admission to the
toes where there is no badgering,
sanctum of learning they just left no sullying of values, no admixing.
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behind. Some trekked deliberately,
His metaphors are striking, his
_
like the pious on holy purpose.
Others hastily, as if driven by fear. tanmage vigorous and his sweep
Ioverpowering.
And some strolled pensively.
Glatstein now has mellowed a
Happy New Year
"Are you Glatstein?" I asked good deal. But his artistry has
a pair of baffled eyes, and the neither diminished nor faded. It
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We had been total strangers, he composed his incredibly fanci-
never having met before, but I ful poem "Tzella Tzeldi" and as
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tapped his shoulder that here morning hour when he penned
was the young poet whose golden what is one of the greatest poems
pen was etching a revolution in of all time—"Sesame."
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Yiddish poetry and whose lin-
guistic spears were piercing the
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sacrosanct in semantics, medium
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to Our Friends and Patrons
and theme.
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Yiddish creativity in America
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tion. The Yiddish novelists had not
yet discovered America and the
poets most often were chained to
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Holiday Good Wishes
a lyricism whose charm lay in
evoking distant remembrances. The
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ficiently impressed itself on the
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creative artist as a ripe theme for
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poetry or literary prose. In time,
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and to produce outstanding works L ■ ■
deriving from the new climate.
One example that comes readily
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to mind is J. J: Schwartz's "Ken- •
Best Wishes for a
tucky," a piece of genuine Amer-
Happy New Year
icana comparable to any that has
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been penned by native poets.
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The "Old Country" was still
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beckoning many of the Yiddish
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can climate, they felt, was not
conducive to literary creativity
and the Jewish immigrant was too
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year
busy adjusting himself to his new
surroundings to pay attention to
. To All Our Friends and Patrons
scribes and elegant penmen. The
tradition of reading was the first
of the luggage to be discarded by
WHOLESALE GROCERS
the new immigrants, and the poets
Serving Restaurants, Hospitals and Institutions
and artists were craving for the

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rested on a young man who ap-
peared dreaming with eyes open
to the sky.
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College- of the City of New York
atop a hill whose western wing
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niches where there was sviva, cli-
mate, atmosphere. But amidst all
this there was awareness among
the creative in the Yiddish tongue
that here was the- new center of
Jewish creativeness, of Jewish
growth. As more and more literary
greats began swarming to our
shores, there was mounting reali•
zation that anchoring to new soil
implied new paths, new visions,
new horizons, if the Yiddish me-
dium was to bear fruit.
. When Jacob Glatstein arrived
from Poland as a young man—
almost a boy—he fell into a
stream of literary debate that
was current at the time in a
hopeful America. The new cen-
tury—or so it was thought—was
beginning to find itself, and the
artists were asserting themselves
with a bold and abundant ar-
ticulateness. America then ap-
peared to be seething more with
literary debate than political
discussion.,
It was against this background
that Glatstein was emerging as a
poet and initiator of a new school
in Yiddish poetry and prose as, well.
Introspectivism today has worn

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