Al-taras

They were publishers as well in Venice
All of them literate and eager to share their literacy
After the exile from Spain
they dispersed East
What they brought:
books.

Daniel Bomberg —
I moved from Antwerp to Venice sixteenth century
I am Christian but I hired Jews to work my publishing house
Jews understand publishing –

We published their first Mikraot Gedolot in 1525
The holy Hebrew Bible with its commentaries.

David ben Shlomo Altaras, known as the Devash [honey] —
I wrote a sweet grammar
K’lalei HaDikduk bundled with Bomberg’s
Volume of the commentaries in 1715.

My family came from Castile
Exiled from Spain
To Italy and Syria and throughout the Levant

My name known
One of us a great poet
Mentioned by Najara in his diwan

Poetry
Music
Dikduk (grammar)

The librarian will hold in his hands
Far into the future
One of the books celebrating beginnings —

Stories
Poetry
Songs
Incantations

They will sit around a table and
Discover Altaras

On the road to Adria
They were burning our books
[By Order of The Curia]
I carried my collection in a sack
Hid them under the wagon

Waiting
Waiting

We will out-wait them.

jsg, usa