Yet a third book that I haven't read where Eliot plays a part. I found this in today's newspaper but you can read it online at http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/342/focus/The_gift_of_the_jab+.shtml I supply some excerpts from the article below. The reviewer may be familiar to some through his radio reports for NPR. Regards, Rick Parker ---------------------------- "The gift of the jab" Tom Paulin's poetic pugilism By Michael Goldfarb, December 8, 2002 Pages D1 and D5 of the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe Here are two free-verse views on questions relating to Jewish life from the pen of one poet. The first: ["Caught in the Crossfire"] The second: ["Wind Dog"] The poet is Tom Paulin, and his work poses a difficult question. Why would a writer stake his reputation on excoriating T.S. Eliot for his anti-Semitism [in "WindDog"], and at the same time risk that reputation by writing verse that can be seen as offensive to Jews ["Caught in the Crossfire"] and is even - as the kerfuffle over Harvard's recent invitation, cancellation, and re-invitation to him demonstrates - regarded by some Jews as being as anti-Semitic as anything Eliot ever wrote? ... Of Eliot, he writes, "His work seems endlessly subtle and intelligent, many of his cadences are perfect, but there is a malignity in it which is terrifying." ... Published earlier this year, the 200-page first volume [Paulin's book of verse, "The Invasion Handbook"] traces the sorry history of Europe from the industrial slaughter of World War I to the Battle of Britain in 1940. In one section, Paulin depicts Eliot viciously indulging his anti-Semitism as Europe's Jews begin their long, terrible journey into the mouth of hell. The poem was reviewed with puzzled respect. Frank Kermode's summary in the London Review of Books was typical: "Having got some way, by no means all the way, towards digesting this packed and rather monstrous book, I can certify that it is a work of scope and ambition, with many demonstrations of the poet's power and some irritating features of a kind he can usually be counted on to provide."