January 2013/Shvat 5773|
We have the pleasure
to tell you that the first digital issue
of The Deronda Review is now online --
an almost double issue (it had been
some ten months since our last) with a central section
on "Boundaries" -- theme that in many modes
and keys sounds through our lives, and we believe
you'll find the interplay evocative
and resonant. As you'll see, we have retained
our format; it just isn-t printed out
but only posted as a .pdf.,
though, as we-ve promised, printed copies will
be sent to libraries and to subscribers.
This, of course, saves us much expense and labor
and makes the magazine available
to an audience not bounded by our means;
though we regret no longer being able
to furnish you with a copy you could 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 song 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! If you should chance
to see an error, please advise, and we'll
update the file. Especially, if there's something
left out from the Contributors Exchange
(now posted as a separate file), please tell us.
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 winter's darkness by some shades.
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 appears
to have been recruited by the media culture.
This next week, hopefully, will see the launch
of new site B stopdeadlyspeech.org.
It was to be amendment28.org
but that domain name turned out to be taken
by a group that seeks to amend the constitution
in order to prevent large corporations
from flooding out the democratic process
with tidal waves of lucre, even while claiming
the privileges of "persons." It appears
to us, that these two causes are related:
in both, the specialness and dignity
of man made in G-d's image is at stake.
To a politics that focused on that issue
poetry B 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
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