Author Barbara Hantman Unleashes Jewish Thematic Poems in New Book

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Call Of Abraham's Kin -- a fascinating anthology of poems that calls out historical and religious personages as objects of poetic sensibilities.

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In an attempt to reconnect the 3,000-year procession of the remnants of a distinct, unique Zeitgeist voice of the tribes and converts of Yiddishkeit, author Barbara Hantman carefully pens an insightful, well-informed and constantly interesting book that calls out to all who are open to contemporary, amply revealing poet-response to sublime pathos and the beautiful light and dark word paintings in CALL OF ABRAHAM’S KIN. This book is a poem anthology which will favorably strike all readers who are connected to the zimmerot (songs) and the melodic qualities of the klezmer music of Eastern European Jewry.

This volume subtly surrenders to a larger arena of hearts and minds through Hantman’s enlightening and exquisite poems as it is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore, in his Calcutta-Hindu Gitanjali Song #48, “The repose of the Sun-embroidered green gloom slowly spreads over my heart, I surrendered my mind without struggle to the maze of shadows and songs.” As one reads these poems, there is a sense of a call out to the first Jew, Abraham, as well as to Sarah, Moses, Miriam, Zipporah, David, Jonathan, Bathsheba and many other historical personages that have been the object of Hantman’s refined poetic sensibilities. Through the pages of the book, readers will be invited to ponder the lives of these exceptional people. Supreme perfect enlightenment will come into their minds as this book takes them on a Buddhist parable about the agile student who was meditating upon the almost inscrutable notion of nirvana.

CALL OF ABRAHAM’S KIN offers a loveable and incredible journey towards heaven and great art. It is an enlightening and highly engrossing volume that soothes, calms and relaxes the mind and soul of every reader. Young, middle-aged, elderly, non-professional and professional can definitely relate to the true-to-life poetic verses and rhymes of this eloquent book.

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About the Author
Barbara Hantman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Queens College, City University of New York, with a Master's Degree in English from Columbia University. She is Fresh Meadows Poets' Corresponding Secretary and a monthly featured reader and lecturer at the New York Poetry Forum. Hantman has served a generation of NYC high school students, and is proud that her seven full-length books of verse attest to her ability to versify in Spanish and Hebrew, as well as the beloved English tongue.

CALL OF ABRAHAM'S KIN* by Barbara Hantman
New and Selected Poems
Publication Date: March 24, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 176 pages; 978-1-4500-0923-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 176 pages; 978-1-4500-0924-9
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4691-0138-5

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