"A Big Jewish Blog": the title an homage to Jerome Rothenberg's capacious anthology A Big Jewish Book, which changed my life back in 1978 when it first appeared. (It's out of print, but a slimmer and still remarkable version is available under the less exuberant title of Exiled in the Word. More on exile, words, and Rothenberg anon.)
My other blog, Say Something Wonderful, dwells on the pleasures of poetry, and is designed to be Very Useful to teachers, at all levels. This one, by contrast, will dwell on topics of Jewish poetry and poetics--but it, too, I hope, will be of use to teachers, not least to those involved in Jewish education. Eventually, I hope to produce an off-the-shelf Jewish poetry curriculum for use in supplementary schools and (who knows?) even day schools. This blog will consist of my notes toward that goal, and will get some useful poems and ideas about Jewish poetry into circulation while I scrabble the curriculum together.
I can't do this, though, without your help. All comments and suggestions--about poets to read, or how to read them, or why--will be deeply appreciated.