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Poetry

Korean Lullaby Never to Forget October Revolution
Poet in Philadelphia To Nazim Hikmet


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1946. Fast, Howard and William Gropper. Never to Forget: The Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto. [24] pp, 13.5 x 21 cm, ill. (black and white printed wrappers). Book League of Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order, I.W.O. New York. *

BY RADIO: We made our final preparations for the attack today. A census shows something less than forty-thousand people in the ghetto, but many are sick or too weak for any kind of service. What few arms we have are distributed. Large houses are concentration points, and separate commands are set up by streets. We have dug trenches everywhere. Everyone has some task. Even the children are to be used as messengers.


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1950. To Nazim Hikmet. in: Masses & Mainstream, Oct'50, pp 8-9. *

The way your own walls could not contain your words,
so did they find us, my brother,
nor could our walls exclude them.
And there came to me that day in prison,
speaking in the prison whisper you know so well,
that gentle writer, Albert Maltz–
Like you, his crime was words that sang of life,
of peace and hope and the things men cherish–
and told me you were free...


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1950. October Revolution. in: Masses & Mainstream, Nov'50, p. 12. *

THE little spark,
touched by what suffering and what splendid endeavor,
when I was only three, and lay in my mother's arms!
Sleep gently, my child, oh, gently,
the wild winds blow-sleep, and in your sleep
will be a sound of men singing of tomorrow,
where the red banners unfurl to the morning breeze...


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1951-2 (nd). Korean Lullaby. [16] w. covers pp, 20 cm, (25¢), ill.covers (Keller). Contents: Korean lullaby, Korean litany, A song of peace. American Peace Crusade. New York. *

When at last the guns were silent,
In the graves where children lay
The crying passed away,
And the dead had stopped their weeping,
Little children sleeping
While the night turned into day...

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1954. The Poet in Philadelphia. "for Walter Lowenfels, guilty under the Smith Act" (p.82-86). in: Alexander Trachtenberg et al: Looking Forward; sections of works in progress. 224 pp, 20.1 cm, International Publishers. New York. *

(For Walter Lowenfels, guilty under the Smith Act!)
The poet found guilty wrote poetry,
and his old heart hammered,
poor wracked machine, the most ephemeral of ephemeral flesh,
squeezed to send out such a passionate cry of love and hope! ...

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