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By Benjamin Harshav, Barbara Harshav

Presents details at the Yiddish language and literature, describes poetic varieties, and gathers poems in Yiddish and English via seven of the easiest Jewish American poets.

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Tho’ it ain’t a life o’ pleasure, An’ there’s little time for leisure, It’s contentin’, in a measure, is the game of growin’ Wheat. (Dennis 1913: 52) Hughes-d’Aeth 50 For Dennis, wheat-farming is primarily a therapeutic alternative to modern life. The honest toil of the crop farmer is an antidote to the stresses of urban capitalism, with its ever-present threats of financial and psychological collapse (“You can court your nervous breakdowns, you can slave to make / your pile” [p. 54]). The “sowin’” and “growin’” place the farmer out of the dulling cycle of consumerism and into a habit of life that is closer to both the rhythms of nature and the potency of productive capitalism.

Hewett 1993: 230) 5. Environmental Values and “dizzy moments”: Tim Winton Literary images of disorder, violence, and mortality are not the images that tourist authorities wish to promote. A three-page spread in the New York Times travel section in January 2006 observed that “today, for all its remoteness, Western Australia feels firmly tethered to the wider world” (Apple 2006: 8-9). “Perth reminds me of San Diego”, the writer says; the city’s “shimmering postmodern skyscrapers” are like Houston’s; and “the America’s Cup was raced in the waters off Fremantle”.

Drewe 2000: 298) Drewe also sees the coast and sea more generally in national and even mythological, Jungian terms: In Jungian terms, there is no doubt that water does add a mythological femaleness and sensuality to art. […] I have a theory that the five most important stages in a A Beach Somewhere 33 contemporary Australian’s life — sexual and otherwise — occur on or near the beach. (Falkiner 1992: 210) Drewe’s five “stages” of a life-cycle by the sea are enumerated as follows: The first sexual act usually occurs on or near the beach, then any given couple usually goes to the beach on their honeymoon; after the honeymoon the family’s Christmas holidays take place at the beach, even for country people — and here there is almost a reversal of roles, in that the children are allowed to stay up late and operate adult machinery like outboard motors and eat junk food, while the parents are allowed to act the goat and become children.

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