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Grossman has accepted the challenge o f his own requisites
for a renaissance o f Jewish poetry, and has successfully reified
“the sacred.” By doing so, he has achieved universalism in terms
o f a quan tum o r multidimensional expression o f the ineffable.
Th e word becomes illumined and energized by non-verbal ex­
trasensory perception. Such poetry is not only a mystical ex­
perience; it is an ongoing process o f spiritual attunem en t. God-
ness within is dissolution o f God-ness without; which in tu rn ,
is the transformative expression o f holiness in its fullest and
most powerful sense.
It would be p resump tuous to state that the poetry o f Levine,
Pinsky, Gluck, Stern, Grossman and Hartman rep resen t the full
spectrum o f structural, contextual and stylistic diversity that
continues to emerge in works by American as well as o ther En­
glish writing Jewish poets. Several ou tstanding anthologies that
have appeared within the last decade contain equally significant