The Deronda Review
January 25, 2013/Erev Tu Bishvat 5773
Dear friends and fellow-poets,
With feelings mingled
of pleasure and regret, we write to tell you
that our poetic conversation, focused
this time on "Boundaries," is now emerging,
leaving behind the bounds of print and paper
(due to the limits of our means and time)
to settle on the infinite Internet!
As is our custom, we’ve composed the issue
with the intent that all our various voices
may resonate with and reinforce each other,
and hope you will find meaning and delight
not only in each poem, but in its setting..
We have retained our format – just not printed
but rather posted as a .pdf.,
though, as we’ve promised, printed copies will
be sent to libraries and to subscribers.
As poets, it’s our business to find meaning
in all that happens; so too in this move
out to a worldwide circle of reception;
still we regret no longer being able
to furnish many copies to be read
offline, and most especially on the Sabbath –
the proper time for poetry, we think,
when soul-sounds carry well through clearer air.
But for this lack there is a remedy,
if you’ll print out the file! If you can print it
two-sided, and then bind it on the left,
you’ll have a reasonable facsimile
of the magazine we would have liked to send you.
And then, if you will let your contacts know
that this rich treasury of speech is out there,
we’ll have the best of both worlds – Sabbath reading
and an expanding circle of awareness.
One more advantage of this format is
that it’s correctible! So please advise
of errors and omissions, and we’ll fix them.
On the last page, we’d like to call attention
to the poem titled "Amendment 28,"
one poet’s answer to the Newtown massacre
which deepened by some shades this winter’s darkness.
So far, there have been twenty-seven amendments
to the U.S. Constitution; twenty-eight
corresponds to the number of the dead,
counting the perpetrator, who it seems
had fallen prey to violent entertainment.
This next week, hopefully, will see the launch
of new site – stopdeadlyspeech.org.
It was to be amendment28.org
but that domain name turned out to be taken
by a group that seeks amendment to prevent
those "legal persons," the large corporations,
from flooding out the democratic process
with tidal waves of lucre. It appears
to us, that these two causes are related.
In both, the dignity of human beings
made in their Maker’s image is at stake.
To a political dialogue thus focused,
poetry – for what is its "form" if not
the proprioception of the human person? –
might yet be central, we would like to hope.
Stay tuned. In any event, next issue’s theme –
G-d willing, it will be less long delayed –
will be "THE CENTER." We look forward to hearing
your meditations on this truly central
theme, and pray that with the year’s renewal
our thought may likewise freshen and gain strength.
Esther Cameron, Editor-in-Chief
On the day before Election Day
"Tomorrow is a special day"
Everyday is a special day.
The bounds of foresight?
As I write these lines,
Tomorrow, on the day of rest,
the sap will begin to rise in the trees,
yet I see no almond blossoms.
The bounds of my eye sight?
When I sit on my balcony
and close my eyes to the vineyards
I listen to the beat of my heart,
My face to the wind.
Fear not, it's blowing in your direction
Just as the Torah goes forth from Zion!
Mindy Aber Barad, Co-editor for Israel