Selected Poetry and Drama

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Toby, 2005 - Drama - 318 pages
This collection features a new translation by Rachel Tzvia Back of a large selection of Goldberg's poetry, as well at T. Carmi's classic translation of her only work for the theatre, The Lady of the Castle.

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Contents

Introduction
11
About Myself
25
To a Portrait of My Mother
31
On Poverty
42
From Songs of the River
53
On The Flowering 19
59
Ahava 1 3 4 7
69
And will they ever come days of forgiveness and grace
76
With this Night
133
Songs of a Foreign Woman
140
God Once Commanded Us 753
153
from Fragments
166
But it was a wondrous spring
179
have more
181
Those Who Knew Me Will Remember
195
Notes on the Poems
203

Elul in the Galilee
77
April Khamsin
90
You Are Wondrous
105
Three Days
119
Index of First Lines
227
Introduction
239
A Selected Bibliography of Books by Lea Goldberg
315
Copyright

About the author (2005)

GOLDBERG (1911-1970) was born in Russia, and came to Palestine in 1935. She was a highly successful poet, children┐s author, theater critic, translator and editor. In 1952, she established the Hebrew University┐s Department of Comparative Literature, and was later awarded the Israel Prize.

Rachel Tzvia Back - poet, translator and professor of literature - was born in the USA and has lived in Israel for the last 27 years. Her poetry collections include Azimuth (Sheep Meadow Press) and The Buffalo Poems (Duration Press). Back's translations of Hebrew poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poetry from Antiquity to the Present (The Feminist Press). Her translations of the poetry of Lea Goldberg - a pre-eminent and too often overlooked poet of modern Hebrew letters - were collected in Lea Goldberg: Selected Poetry and Drama (Toby Press) and represent the most significant edition of Goldberg's poetry in English to date. These translations were awarded a 2005 PEN Translation grant and Back's translations of Goldberg's collection With this Night were awarded a Hadassah-Brandeis Research Grant. Back's current major poetic project is an English edition of a collection of 43 Hebrew poets protesting Israel's continuing occupation of the West Bank - an anthology entitled With an Iron Pen: Hebrew Protest Poems 1984-2004. Back's poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Dreaming the Actual: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Israeli Women Writers. She is the author of a critical monograph on the avant-garde American poet Susan Howe, entitled Led by Language: the Poetry and Poetics of Susan Howe (University of Alabama Press). Back teaches at Oranim College and Bar-Ilan University. Rachel Tzvia Back lives in the Galilee, in the north of Israel.

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