The spectacular difference: selected poems [Hebrew characters] Zelda

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Hebrew Union College Press, 2004 - Poetry - 270 pages
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Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky -- known to her Hebrew readers simply as Zelda -- was the daughter and granddaughter of prominent Hasidic rabbis from the Habad dynasty. Born in Russia in 1914, she immigrated to Palestine in 1926, studied in religious girls' schools, and became a school-teacher. She began writing her imagistic, mystical-religious poetry early in life. Filled with vivid, often dreamlike pictures from the natural world -- the strange plant, the black rose, the enchanted bird -- it was unlike anything else in Hebrew literature. When her first book was published, in 1967, it was an overwhelming critical and popular success, appealing to the diverse (and predominantly secular) Israeli public. Five more volumes followed, winning the poet numerous literary awards, including the prestigious Bialik and Brenner prizes.

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Contents

Introduction
1
From The Invisible Carmel 1971
3
177
21
The Old House
27
The Crippled Beggar 2
43
Moon Is Teaching Bible
57
Then My Soul Cried
71
The Invisible Carmel
81
Ancient Pines
171
I awoke the house was lit
173
Everything went awry
175
In the morning I thought
177
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180
In My Dream
181
The Friendship of the White Jasmine
183
Jasmine Branch
185

In his eyes birds of paradise
83
vnn no rmtn ron
84
New Fruit in the Season of Childhood
85
The Sun Lit a Wet Branch
101
For the Light Is My
103
Be Not
107
You Call Out Silence to
109
When You Were Here
111
I lie in my house
113
Savage Dialogue
115
From Be Not Far 1974
117
Black Rose
119
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120
When I Said the Blessing over the Candles
121
When the King Was Alive
123
Cast Me Not Away
125
The Fine Sand the Terrible Sand
129
Let Your Voice Be Heard O Morning Blessings
133
Enchanted Bird
137
A Woman Who Has Reached a Very Old
139
Each of Us Has a Name
141
All Night I Wept
145
Place of Fire
147
I do not like all trees equally
153
Yom Kippur
157
When boulders crumble
159
The shadow of the white mountain
161
Mephiboshet
165
Distant Shame
167
From the legends buried
187
diy ty pin iiNd
188
The Fine Light of My Peace
189
The Orange Butterfly
191
The first rain
193
Her hair burnished copper
195
Children in the School for the Blind
197
Who Can Resist the Beauty of the Light
199
SunStartled Pines
201
Tree of Life
203
There was something startling
205
Ancient Song
207
Uncombed Hair
209
Island
213
In the Moons Domain
215
In the Hallway
217
The Whales
219
Heavy Silence
221
From BEYOND ALL DISTANCE 1984
223
On That Night of Stars
225
naian
226
Pause
227
I shall not float unreined
231
When Yearnings
233
Two Elements
235
About Facts
237
In the Hospital
239
Acknowledgments
269
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About the author (2004)

Poet, translator, and scholar Marcia Falk is author of The Song of Songs: A New Translation and Interpretation and With Teeth in the Earth: Selected Poems of Malka Heifetz Tussman. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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