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Contents Acknowledgments Verse 1 A Chat with the Reader The Hell Face of Sacred Distinctions The Plot Verse 2 Jews and Blacks of Early Childhood Swans over Manhattan Anatole Broyard (192090), the Inventor What Was a Jew? Dad Grew Up in the Streets Languages of the Jews Spanish Jews Verse 3 Jews and Blacks of Early Adolescence "At the Red Sea," by Yusef Komunyakaa Assimilation and Passing under the Shadow of War and Holocaust Yehuda Maccabee and Hellenization of the Jews Gnosticism and Other Heresies A Summer Camp in Maine with the Scent of Palestine Sammy Propp of the Black Shoes Black People Leah Scott My Unseen Black Grand-Stepmother Othello Reading the Bible in Hebrew Bar Mitzvah "Othello's Rose," by Yosef Komunyakaa Verse 4 Early Jewish Corruption and Bayard Rustin, the Black Nightingale Early Corruption Yeshua ben Yosef Passing as Jesus Christ So Long, Sammy Off to the Quakers Bayard Rustin, the Black Nightingale Singing His People into the Heart of the Makers of the Underground Railroad More Deadly Application Blanks Verse 5 Jews and Blacks in College, and Freedom in Europe Bowdoin College: The Jewish and Black Ghetto in Old Longfellow Hall A Letter to The Nation Coming Out of My Own Ghetto of Silences Off to Europe, Where Old-Fashioned Bigotry Is Huge, yet Now Who Cares? Not Me Changing Money on the Rue des Rosiers and Getting Married by the Grand Rabbi of Paris Verse 6 Having Fun at Gunpoint in Crete Working in Greece for the King White Islands and Northern Monasteries on Huge Stalagmites Thessaloniki, a City of Peoples Greeks and Jews and Blacks and Russians Jews, Greeks, and Romans in Alexandria Cavafy and His Poem "Of the Jews (A.D. 50)" Romaniot Jews in Byzantium The Sephardim in Muslim Spain Jews and Greeks in Thessaloniki Facts on the Slaughter Thessaloniki and Absence Days and Nights with Odysseus on the Way to Holy Athos The Madness of a Jew Trying to Marry in a Greek Orthodox Church in Crete Verse 7 A Black and White Illumination Friendship in Tangier with a French Baroness Who Told Me I Had Killed Her Lord Verse 8 "Sound Out Your Race Loud and Clear" A Jewman in the U.S. Army A Touch of Freedom Fort Dix: "I'm Black and My Balls Are Made of Brass" "Sound Out Your Race, Loud and Clear! Caucasian or Negra!" Yelled the White Sergeant in Segregated Georgia Holy Communion of Bagels and Lox for Jewish Personnel Black Barbers Brought on Base to Cut Black Men's Hair Captain Hammond, Baritone, and the Children of the Périgord Verse 9 Mumbling about Race and Religion in China, Nigeria, Tuscaloosa, and Buenos Aires Ma Ke, a Chinese Jew with Whom I Shared Suppers in Beijing Olaudah Equiano Bouncing around the Globe as a Slave Sailor under a Quaker Captain Until He Settles Down in London as a Distinguished Writer and Abolitionist "Some of us grow ashamed," by Yusef Komunyakaa Yusef Komunyakaa, the Black Nightingale Singing on Paper with the Richness of a Sweet Potato (YK & WB) A Diversion Down to Argentina Verse 10 Saying a Hebrew Prayer at My Brother's Christian Funeral Saying a Hebrew Prayer at My Brother's Christian Funeral My Brother Needed to Pass Like the Spanish Saints of Jewish Origin. Here Are Ancestors Whom My Brother, Not by Inquisition but by a Deeper Knife of Fire, Emulated My Father, Who Never Tried to Pass, Succumbed to Denial of His Being and Passed from Life Death Has a Way Appendixes
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