JERUSLAM HAS MANY FACES by Judah Stamfer

JERUSLAM HAS MANY FACES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A craggy, passionate vitality is the hallmark -- rather than virtuosity -- of this small volume of poems by an ardent young Zionist. The opening poem, Out Of The Past, a new interpretation of Jacob's struggle with the Angel of the Lord, is particularly fine and moving in its implication. Others catch the color and intensity of the life and landscape of the new-born land of Israel in vigorous splashes of imagery. The war poems -- born of the Arab-Jevish war -- Are also rather fine. The others, poems of young love, of New York life, are more hackneyed. But through them all pours a certain virile, Hebraic strength and a fine stream of faith. This is not finished poetry; it is the outpouring of youth. It will certainly find favor among the author's co-religionists and among all those whose hearts responded to the promise of the new state in Palestine, and there will be a limited but warm audience to receive this book with acclaim.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1950
Publisher: Farrar, Straus