The Shy Hand of a Jew: Poems by Maurycy (Mosze) Szymel


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

Title: The Shy Hand of a Jew: Poems by Maurycy (Mosze) Szymel

Author Name: Szymel, Maurycy (Mosze) Translated from the Polish by Aniela & Jerzy Gregorek

Illustrator: Cover image by Eugenia Prokop-Janiec

Categories: Translation, Polish, Poetry, Jewish/Polish, East European, Bilingual,

Edition: First

Publisher: Merrick, New York, USA, Cross-Cultural Communications: 2013

ISBN Number: 0982403852

ISBN Number 13: 9780982403853

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Type: Bilingual Poetry

Inscription: Heartfelt thanks to the NEA

Size: 6 x 9

Seller ID: CCCPOL

Keywords: Jewish, Polish, Poetry, Bilingual, East European, Tranlsation