Monday, February 23, 2009

Allen Grossman Wins Bollingen Prize




The Jewish poet (the Jew's great poet whom I wish speculatively to summon to mind) is called monologically by Presence itself. The correlative but severely contrastive figure in traditional Jewish narrative to the gentile muse (daughter of Memory) is the Shechinah, whose name means dwelling--the dwelling of the name in the world: the Jew's place to be.
Allen Grossman,
"Jewish Poetry Considered as a Theophoric Project"
Allen Grossman, one of the most important figures in the field of Jewish American poetry and poetics, has been awarded the Bollingen Prize. Here are the details. And here (scroll down) are three poems from Descartes' Loneliness. Congratulations, Allen, from the Big Jewish Blog.

1 comment:

Ben said...

There is no doubt that Grossman is one of the leading poets of America. He has influenced generations of American poets through his seminal works and as a Professor at John Hopkins. Congrats to Grossman.This is Ben from Israeli Uncensored News