Here's one that would make a useful assignment in any Jewish poetry curriculum, given everything you'd learn by looking up its off-hand allusions. (As Hugh Kenner says somewhere, the things you need to look up to understand a poem are generally things worth knowing.) You could even have the students create a hypertext version of the poem, linking words and names and phrases to pictures, historical texts, even mp3s, as you'll see.
In Answer to the Question: When Did Your Peace Begin?(Am I the only one who sees this "couple"--so well matched, so estranged--as one more version of the KBH / Shekhinah pair? I like the poem well enough without that layer of meaning, but love it when I read it through that lens.)
Ben Gurion’s wind teased hair hung
On the wall of the café near the transit camp
And next to it, in a frame just like it,
The doughnut face of Umm Kulthoum.
That was in ’55 or ’56 and I figured if
A man and a woman hung side by side like that
They had to be bride and groom.
New in my mailbox: Bryce Passage, poems by Daniel Morris (Marsh Hawk Press); and Alternatives to History, by Jay Ladin (Sheep Meadow Press).
On the earbuds: Munir Bashir, Flamenco Roots