All Seeds Blended
By Fania Kruger
Edited by Bert Kruger Smith
We need the voices of the grandmothers, the elders. We need to listen
to the ones who survived mass persecution. These things will not change
unless we listen. This is a selected works, compiled from early books
by the poet's daughter, Bert Kruger Smith. The final vision--tolerance,
peace, family and holiness, emerges from the magical soul of the poet.
This work is simply too important to be lost. We recommend it, along with
the Kruger papers, to graduate students looking for primary work upon
which to base a dissertation and to teachers.
"All Seeds Blended" was created in conjunction with an exhibition of the
poet's papers collected at the University of Texas, HRC Library.
"These are not poems of uplift for such as may need it. Some recall the
frontal, angular oddness of so-called naive paintings. Others are like
sayings from an apocryphal scripture of suffering, which tells how survivors
of terrible persecutions find one another again, in some extraordinary
tenderness, and begin to grasp what joy can mean."
Christopher Middleton, Poet, Professor of Germanic Languages, University
of Texas at Austin.
"Fania Kruger, a refugee from the pogroms of Czarist Russia, starkly confronts
the pain, loss, cruelty and death that she had known. What we hear in
these poems, as those of us who knew Fania heard directly, are not hopelessness
or despair, but compassion, warmth, a vibrant sense of life and a spirituality
centered in our very mortality."
Alan W. Friedman, Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin
Art by Randy Smith Huke
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