We Jews and Blacks: Memoir with Poems (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, Jun 14, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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A central theme of this memoir by poet and translator Willis Barnstone is that of labels -- names, ethnicities, all distinctions that cause suspicion, anger, and destruction. A fresh and significant contribution to American letters, We Jews and Blacks wrestles with problems of identity, difference, and the human condition. It is a dramatic, whimsical, and literary work that also contains a number of Barnstone's poems, which offer a second view of an event, a crystallization of his thinking, both sorrowful and joyful. The book includes a dialogue with Yusef Komunyakaa and a small selection of his poems.

  

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Contents

The Plot
6
Jews and Blacks of Early Childhood
7
Swans over Manhattan
9
Anatole Broyard 192090 the Inventor
12
What Was a Jew?
14
Dad Grew Up in the Streets
15
Languages of the Jews
18
Spanish Jews
21
Thessaloniki a City of Peoples
128
Greeks and Jews and Blacks and Russians
130
Jews Greeks and Romans in Alexandria
132
Cavafy and His Poem Of the Jews ad 50
133
Romaniot Jews in Byzantium
135
Jews and Greeks in Thessaloniki
138
Facts on the Slaughter
140
Thessaloniki and Absence
143

Jews and Blacks of Early Adolescence
25
At the Red Sea by Yusef Komunyakaa
27
Assimilation and Passing under the Shadow of War and Holocaust
29
Yehuda Maccabee and Hellenization of the Jews
33
Gnosticism and Other Heresies
35
A Summer Camp in Maine with the Scent of Palestine
36
Sammy Propp of the Black Shoes
38
Black People
43
Leah Scott
47
My Unseen Black GrandStepmother
51
Othello
52
Reading the Bible in Hebrew
59
Bar Mitzvah
60
Othellos Rose by Yosef Komunyakaa
63
Early Jewish Corruption and Bayard Rustin the BlackNightingale
65
Early Corruption
67
Yeshua ben Yosef Passing as Jesus Christ
69
So Long Sammy
74
Off to the Quakers
75
More Deadly Application Blanks
83
Jews and Blacks in College and Freedom in Europe
87
The Jewish and Black Ghetto in Old LongfellowHall
89
A Letter to The Nation
96
Coming Out of My Own Ghetto of Silences
99
Off to Europe Where OldFashioned Bigotry Is Huge yet Now WhoCares? Not Me
100
Changing Money on the Rue des Rosiers and Getting Married by theGrand Rabbi of Paris
109
Having Fun at Gunpoint in Crete
117
Working in Greece for the King
119
White Islands and Northern Monasteries on Huge Stalagmites
126
Days and Nights with Odysseus on the Way to Holy Athos
144
The Madness of a Jew Trying to Marry in a Greek Orthodox Churchin Crete
152
A Black and White Illumination
159
Friendship in Tangier with a French Baroness Who Told Me I HadKilled Her Lord
161
Sound Out Your Race Loud and Clear
165
A Jewman in the US Army
167
A Touch of Freedom
169
Im Black and My Balls Are Made of Brass
171
Sound Out Your Race Loud and Clear Caucasian or NegraYelled the White Sergeant in Segregated Georgia
173
Holy Communion of Bagels and Lox for Jewish Personnel
177
Black Barbers Brought on Base to Cut Black Mens Hair
179
Captain Hammond Baritone and the Children of the Périgord
180
Mumbling about Race and Religion in China NigeriaTuscaloosa and Buenos Aires
187
Ma Ke a Chinese Jew with Whom I Shared Suppers in Beijing
189
Olaudah Equiano Bouncing around the Globe as a Slave Sailor under aQuaker Captain Until He Settles Down in London as aDistinguished Writer an...
192
Some of us grow ashamed by Yusef Komunyakaa
200
Yusef Komunyakaa the Black Nightingale Singing on Paper with theRichness of a Sweet Potato YK WB
201
A Diversion Down to Argentina
206
Saying a Hebrew Prayer at My Brothers ChristianFuneral
209
Saying a Hebrew Prayer at My Brothers Christian Funeral
211
My Brother Needed to Pass Like the Spanish Saints of Jewish OriginHere Are Ancestors Whom My Brother Not by Inquisition butby a Deeper Knife ...
212
My Father Who Never Tried to Pass Succumbed to Denial of HisBeing and Passed from Life
213
Death Has a Way
223
A Little World
226
Appendix
227
Notes
229
Index
233
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About the author (2004)

Willis Barnstone, distinguished poet and translator, is author of two other memoirs. He is perhaps best known for his translation of The Gnostic Bible. He lives in Oakland, California.

Yusef Komunyakaa is distinguished senior poet at New York University. He has received numerous awards, including the William Faulkner Prize (Université Rennes, France), the Ruth Lilly Prize for Poetry, and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His latest book is Gilgamesh, a verse play. He lives in New York City.

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