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Memory Of Absences - Poem by gershon hepner

Memory of absences can sear
the unforgetting mind far more
than presences of power we revere,
and images we can ignore.


Inspired by the phrase “memory of absences” which Robert Alter used in a talk to the Association of Jewish Studies in which he spoke about the collective memory of the Israelites that the Deuteronomist inspired. Alter used the phrase “memory of absences” and highlighted the importance of the Deuteronomist’s rhetoric used to advance his program to purge Israel of all images.

Robert Alter’s response to the poem was as follows:

Dear Gershon,

Your poem is the highest compliment that could be paid to a lecture. One question: is 'that' at the beginning of the third line a typo for 'than'?

Cordially,

Bob Alter

He had picked up a typo that I had missed, signs of a great textual scholar!

12/16/02


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Poems About Memory

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  3. 153. The Dream Within The Memory , Dilantha Gunawardana
  4. 154. Memory Makes Life , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
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  6. 156. With Each Memory Drained , Ace Of Black Hearts
  7. 157. Oblivion , Ali Rahimi
  8. 158. I Live And Will Die By You , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  9. 159. My Heart Leaps Up , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  10. 160. A Good Memory , Ray Hansell
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  12. 162. Memory And Oblivion , Dejan Stojanovic
  13. 163. IN THE MEMORY OF THE IMMORTAL...IN THE M.. , MOHAMMAD SKATI
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  15. 165. Memory Is Basis Of Everything. , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  16. 166. Without Our Gift Of Memory , Francis Duggan
  17. 167. One Thing Leads To Another , David Harris
  18. 168. A Strange Question Indeed , Francis Duggan
  19. 169. Good And Bad Die. , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  20. 170. Reader Eager Chew Upon These Words , Miroslava Odalovic
  21. 171. Kiss Face Of Lost Lover , Terence George Craddock (aft ..
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  23. 173. If You Come To Stay With Me , Gert Strydom
  24. 174. Gobbleygook , Charles Hice
  25. 175. Rebirths , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  26. 176. Birth Is A Bubble Burst With Death. , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  27. 177. Just Another Memory , Francis Duggan
  28. 178. Kiski Yaad Mein Bekhabar Jo Tum , Bijay Kant Dubey
  29. 179. Memory Regained , gajanan mishra
  30. 180. Prayer For Elizabeth , Dónall Dempsey
  31. 181. A Poet's First Prose Paragraphs On Noeti.. , Bill Grace
  32. 182. From Gehinnom , gershon hepner
  33. 183. In Memory , Francis Duggan
  34. 184. In Blood And Tears , Vishal Sharma
  35. 185. Knot Knot , Charles Hice
  36. 186. The Loss Of Memory , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  37. 187. One Second Behind(For Junie) , Dónall Dempsey
  38. 188. Haunted By Your Memory , David Harris
  39. 189. Time And Light And Human Memory , RIC S. BASTASA
  40. 190. 'A Place Called Memory Lane' , Linda Winchell
  41. 191. Sweet 2 Weeks. , Dislocated Heart
  42. 192. Memory's Kingdom , gershon hepner
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  44. 194. Locker Room Philosophers , Bill Grace
  45. 195. A Cherry Choclate Memory Of My Sister , Charles Hice
  46. 196. Porphyrion , Robert Laurence Binyon
  47. 197. Goodbye To The Friends , Francis Duggan
  48. 198. Tis Hard To Say Goodbye , Francis Duggan
  49. 199. For As Long , Francis Duggan
  50. 200. The Memory In The Grave Song , Aldo Kraas
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