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The Shy Hand of a Jew:  Poems by Maurycy (Mosze) Szymel, Szymel, Maurycy (Mosze)  Translated from the Polish by Aniela & Jerzy Gregorek
1 Szymel, Maurycy (Mosze) Translated from the Polish by Aniela & Jerzy Gregorek The Shy Hand of a Jew: Poems by Maurycy (Mosze) Szymel
Merrick, New York, USA Cross-Cultural Communications 2013 0982403852 / 9780982403853 First Paperback New Bilingual Poetry 6 x 9 Cover image by Eugenia Prokop-Janiec Heartfelt thanks to the NEA
Szymel's poetry revolves around the relationship between Jews and Poles, as well as other aspects of his life as a Jew living in Poland. He reveals a strong feeling of connection to Poland and often relies on the color an scent of its landscape and countryside. In "Poland" (1934, he writes; . . . gray, peasant horse how does my love appear to you when I caress your warm, sweaty head with a shivering hand, the shy hand of a Jew? --from the Introduction What is poetry, if not the rendering of a world? How grateful I am, then, to the Gregoreks for giving us the world as Mosze Szymel knew it, with the perspicacity of his eye and the fondness of his heart intact. This is no small gift, for the world found in these poems was wiped from the face of the earth, their creator murdered at the age of thirty-six. In reading this work, I found myself thinking that had Chagall had been a poet, he would have written these poems. --Peter Levitt 
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