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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
several forms of help suggest themselves. The Anglo-Jewish
periodicals should print more poetry and should try to select
better poetry. I have seen in manuscript better poems than much
of what appears in these magazines; the book publishers should
make a more diligent search for such poetry book manuscripts.
There should be more public readings of Jewish poetry — at
organizational institutes, at regular lodge and fraternal meetings,
and at temple and synagogue sisterhoods and brotherhoods.
Rabbis might well skip a sermon now and then and devote the
twenty minutes thus saved for the reading of Jewish poetry. A
new dignity would thus accrue to the Jewish poem, and a new
general interest would flow from it; and where there is a waiting
audience for any art form, the art necessary to satisfy this waiting
audience is not long in coming into being.