Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry

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Tsipi Keller
SUNY Press, Sep 11, 2008 - Literary Collections - 339 pages
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Poets on the Edge introduces four decades of Israel’s most vigorous poetic voices. Selected and translated by author Tsipi Keller, the collection showcases a generous sampling of work from twenty-seven established and emerging poets, bringing many to readers of English for the first time. Thematically and stylistically innovative, the poems chart the evolution of new currents in Hebrew poetry that emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s and, in breaking from traditional structures of line, rhyme, and meter, have become as liberated as any contemporary American verse. Writing on politics, sexual identity, skepticism, intellectualism, community, country, love, fear, and death, these poets are daring, original, and direct, and their poems are matched by the freshness and precision of Keller’s translations.
  

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Contents

YEHUDA AMICHAI 19242000
1
The Precision of Pain and the Blurring of Bliss A Touch of Yearning in Everything
4
My Parents Motel
5
The Jewish Time Bomb
7
T CARMI 19251994
9
If It So Pleases
10
Nightwatch
11
A Time for Everything
12
Morning
153
Most of the time I doze
154
YONA WALLACH 19441985
156
House Said the House
157
Come to Me Like a Capitalist
158
Tuvia
159
Sleep with Me Like a Journalist
161
Come to Me Like a Jew
163

Monologue of the Deserted II
13
Monologue in the Twilight of His Life
16
Lonely Womans Monologue
17
Chess at the Seashore
18
Mortification of the Soul
19
The Mouth
20
From the Diary of a Divorce
21
DAN PAGIS 19301986
24
Ein Leben
25
The End of Winter
26
Memorial Night
27
A Linguistic Problem
28
Anecdote
29
Browsing through the Album
30
Houses
31
NATAN ZACH b1930
32
To Rise from Ashes
33
SelfPortrait at Night
34
Meantime
35
As Agreed
36
Widow
38
Hayuta
39
Comrade Poet
40
A Small Error in the Machine
41
Gentle
42
And Then We Had
43
SHIN SHIFRA b1931
45
The Spider of Sin
46
Conceit
47
In This Split Second
48
Summer
49
Ecclesiastes
50
Moonstruck
51
Vegetarian
52
Shame
53
ISRAEL HAR
56
Grave in the Sun
57
A Cradle Story
58
A Sour Pickle the Angel of Death
60
Dust Instead of Glory
61
Australian Story
63
And Tomorrow I Too to Die Like This
64
DAVID AVIDAN
68
Housing
69
Incident
71
Interim Summation
72
Power of Attorney
73
Personal Problems
74
Dance Music
75
Will Power
76
LastLast
77
DAHLIA RAVIKOVITCH
79
An Attempt to Express an Opinion
80
On Life and on Death
81
Omens
82
The Cat
83
Lying Upon the Water
84
But She Had a Son
85
Grand Days Have Gone by Her
86
A Mother Goes About
88
Lullaby
89
Train of Thought
90
Rina Slavin
91
The Greenness of Leaves
93
A Private History
94
ASHER REICH b1937
95
Fragments
96
First Swim
97
Requiem to a Dog in the Rain
98
Sights
99
Nights
100
Mornings
101
The Music of the Cosmos
103
A Recurring Memory
104
Photograph
105
Odors
106
HEDVA HARECHAVI b1941
108
When She Goes Out Alone
109
When the Music Subsided
111
Like a Binging Preying Beast
112
A Very Cheerful Girl
113
Go Go Wherever You Go But Go
115
Already Night Already Day
116
For Ruth
118
NURIT ZARHI b1941
120
The rain reveals the hidden names of leaves
121
Forgive my outburst Sir
122
The Marked Ship
124
Convincing Herself Shes a Picture
125
Nights
126
Lightly
128
Stone
129
MEIR WIESELTIER b1941
130
To Be Continued
131
Condolences
132
Only in Hebrew
134
Cheese
135
The Bible in Pictures II
136
Burning Holy Books
137
Nohant June 76
138
The Lost Uncles
139
The Flower of Anarchy
140
Not a Poem
141
The Wheel of the Century
142
RUTH BLUMERT b1943
143
The Combination
144
Entropy
145
Breaks
146
Jerusalem Bus 18 1986
147
Waves of Love
149
Silent Film
150
Additional Dimensions
152
Lets Make a Little Philosophy
164
Woman Becomes Tree
165
When You Come Lie with Me Come Like My Father
167
RAQUEL CHALFI DOB omitted as per Chalfis request
169
Hair of Night
170
The Water Queen of Jerusalem
171
Reckless Love blues
172
I Drew My End Near
173
Sitting in the Wall
174
And the Whiteness Grew Stark
175
Elegy for a Friend Who Lost Her Mind
176
A Concealed Passenger
177
German Boot
178
MORDECHAI GELDMAN b1946
185
Porno 2
187
Porno 3
188
Holy Ground
190
Dolinger
191
Tonight I Yield
193
Abused Neighbor
195
Yes
196
Almost Flowers
197
RUTH RAMOT b1946
198
I leave taking with me
199
Quiet and an evening breeze
200
The Scent of Wind
201
The moon doesnt fit here
202
Hot in the Corner Cafe
203
Arithmetic
204
Love Song
205
Nuns
206
Yesterday when I sat in the cafe
207
AGI MISHOL b 1947
208
I remember a short speech
209
It Seems Miraculous to Her
210
Afternoon Nap
211
Revelation
212
The Sacred Cow of Hardship
213
The Irritating Manner in Which I Exist in Your Fancy
214
When Soft Angel Plumage
215
Estate
216
Woman with Pitchfork
217
Nocturnal I
218
Nocturnal II
220
Shaheeda
221
DAN ARMON b 1948
223
The Apple the Cucumber and the Plum
224
Stairwell
225
In a temporary shelter
226
Play in the Kitchen
227
In a gesture of argument
228
Eight Short Ones
229
Baking
230
A dark backyard
231
Candle
232
Song of the Valley
233
YITZHAK LAOR b1948
236
Silhouette
237
Poetry
238
Gouging
239
The Narrators Death
240
MAYA BEJERANO b1949
244
Data Processing 10
245
Data Processing 12
246
Data Processing 14
247
Lust
248
Dont Stop the Motion
249
The Hands of Autumn
250
A Galilean Landscape Important to Note
251
Pecan Leaves
252
DOG AFTER DOG
255
Greek Music
256
Solo
257
Johnny
258
Handcuffs Street Poem
259
Poverty Line
260
Autumn A French Movie
261
Thirty Seconds to Charge the Nipple
262
Lions Milk
263
When Did Your Peace Begin?
264
Rice Paradise
265
HAVA PINHASCOHEN b1955
267
On the Eve of the Holiday
268
Fear
269
Variable Texture
270
Boundaries
271
Pieta
272
The Way to the River
273
AMIR OR b 1956
276
A Pint of Beer
277
No Trail Markers
279
Synopsis
281
Immortal
282
TAMIR GREENBERG b1959
290
Son
292
Dusk
294
My Grandma Rachel Age Fifteen
299
Annabel Lee
301
Poetics 2
302
SHARRON HASS b1966
304
To the Fox
305
The Stranger
306
The Great Illusion
309
I Stand in the Circle and Look Around Me53
310
Afternoon Slumber
311
The Suns Mooring
312
The Girl Fumbles
313
The Poems of Irit Katzir
315
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
327
INDEX OF TITLES AND FIRST LINES
329
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Tsipi Keller was born in Prague, raised in Israel, and has been living in the United States since 1974. Her short fiction and her poetry translations have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and her novels include Jackpot; Retelling; and The Prophet of Tenth Street. Keller has also translated several poetry collections, including Dan Pagis's Last Poems and Irit Katzir's And I Wrote Poems. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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