Asher Reich: portrait of a Hebrew poet
A rich union of image and word, this striking book introduces English-speaking audiences to a full range of poetry by Asher Reich, one of Israel's most celebrated contemporary poets, paired with evocative drawings by renowned Israeli artist Michael Kovner. Yair Mazor, a leading scholar of Hebrew literature, provides readers with an introduction to Reich's work and its prominent position within the panorama of modern literature in Hebrew. Asher Reich's poetry has been characterized as vivid, vibrant, passionate, and expressionistic. Dominated by themes of stormy sensuality and frank sexuality, his dramatic imagery and metaphors interweave Mishnaic, Talmudic, and Biblical references in a colorful, complex poetic texture. The beautiful simplicity of Kovner's drawings--depicting female figures and natural landscapes--resonates throughout the book. Tender, stark, and striking, the drawings illustrate life's fragility and grace with a subtlety and dignity that complements Reich's sensitive style. Presenting contemporary Hebrew poetry, modern Israeli art, and informed literary commentary in an engaging format, this book promises to delight a broad audience of readers.
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A Painter of Many Colors
Asher Reichs Poetic Portrait
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Abraham Shlonsky acmeism aesthetics of austerity alluding text Alterman's poetry Amichai artistic Asher Reich associated Avidan Aviv University Ben-Itzhak Bialik Bible biblical allusion Binet broken sounds candle cloud colorful complex connotations Contemporary Hebrew Poetry contemporary Hebrew/Israeli poetry correct poem David Fogel death doom dream e. e. cummings echoes emotion erotic evokes fauvist Fogel's aesthetics Fogel's poetry goddess hovering ideological imagist intellectual interact intricate Israel Jerusalem Jewish Kabbalah Karen Alkalay-Gut landscapes Likrat loneliness mare'h metaphors metaphysical poetry Michael Kovner modern Hebrew poetry myrtle puddle mystic narrator Nathan Alterman Nathan Zach night nonsense poetry paintings Papyrus Publishing House poem's poetic credo poets Portrait reality Reich's poetry rhetoric roofs sentiment sexuality shevarim Shlonsky shofar skies sleep somber soul structures sun's thread symbolism symbolist themes thetic third stanza towering darkness Translated by Karen Translated by Vivian tree turns soundless William Carlos Williams word Yehuda Amichai Yom Kippur Zach's poetry