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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
us on how to read an invisible
mezuzah
betwixt and between
the lines:
the hinges in doors are like hidden conditions
upon which everything turns
they’re like the small print in contracts
a door depends on its hinges.
Re-guarding a door, so much depends on a timeworn covenant
at thresholds for the coming and going of ages. And in con­
clusion, Robert Pinsky offers both the metaphoric and literal
senses of the
mezuzah.
On the one hand, “The Ghost Hammer”:
“Hand on the doorknob between Sheol and Creation, / Stalled
on the threshold, unable to cross”; on the other hand, his “Mem­
oir” crosses that threshold: “And you shall fasten / These
words onto your doorposts and your gates / And so we did.”