The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

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University of California Press, 1996 - Poetry - 195 pages
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Yehuda Amichai is Israel's most popular poet as well as a literary figure of international reputation. In this revised and expanded collection, renowned translators Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell have selected Amichai's most beloved and enduring poems, including forty new poems from his recent work.

from Tourists:Once I was sitting on the steps near the gate at David's Citadel and I put down my two heavy baskets beside me. A group of tourists stood there around their guide, and I became their point of reference. "You see that man over there with the baskets? A little to the right of his head there's an arch from the Roman period. A little to the right of his head." "But he's moving, he's moving!" I said to myself: Redemption will come only when they are told, "Do you see that arch over there from the Roman period? It doesn't matter, but near it, a little to the left and then down a bit, there's a man who has just bought fruit and vegetables for his family."

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User Review  - stephanie cassidy - Goodreads

God has pity on kindergarten children. He has less pity of school children. And on grownups he has no pity at all, he leaves them alone, and sometimes they must crawl on all fours in the burning sand ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sigfried - Goodreads

This is the only book of poetry that ever made me cry. I don't cry. What worries me is that this is all translated from Hebrew...so who should I really thank? Yehuda or the translators? I just found another reason to cry...damn. Read full review

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Chana Bloch's many books include, most recently, The Song of Songs: A New Translation and The Windows: New and Selected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch. She lives in Berkeley, California. Stephen Mitchell's numerous translations include The Book of Job, A Book of Psalms, and Genesis. He lives in Sonoma, California.

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