Jerusalem Post / August 17, 1973|
Not strictly for children, unless they're over 12 and thoughtful, is poet Avraham Regelson's BEIT HANITZOTZ, בית הניצוץ, The House of the Spark, Dvir, 110 pp.(vowel-pointed), a collection of legends, American folk tales, views, observations and reflections, and, at the end, the poet's impressions from visits to two young kibbutzim. Regelson is wonderful with pure descriptions, a sick dog lying down to die, the New York subway at rush-hour, the sea, a kibbutz celebration. But of course his description is hardly ever really "pure", as the poet muses on what he has seen to draw a philosophical conclusion from it. He reflects upon life and art, and living versus art – "It is a great thing for a man to earn his bread in the sweat of his brow, but to compose a fair phrase such as 'In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread' – that too is a great thing" – upon anti-Semitism – in the shape of a mock dialogue between Haman and Ahasverus – or upon the reason why the Torah was given in the desert.