Within the Song to Live: Selected Poems

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Gefen, 2005 - Poetry - 142 pages
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Book & CD. Natan Yonatan is one of Israel's most beloved and popular poets, whose books have sold in the hundreds of thousands. Over two hundred of his poems have been set to music by Israel's finest composers and have become familiar folk songs. His poetry relates to the people of Israel, the Jewish Homeland and the Bible. From the age of sixteen, Natan was already utilising diverse layers of the Hebrew language such as modern spoken Hebrew combined with the ancient language of the Bible and the text of the Mishna, Talmud and the Agada. Natan Yonatan's unique multi-layered poetry, speaks to the heart and soul of admirers and spectators both in Israel, Jewish communities and the world over. Included with the book is a CD, comprised of a selection of Natan Yonatan's composed poems put to music. The songs are performed by The Brothers and The Sisters, one of Israel's top folk groups. The CD includes eleven songs, three of which are performed both in English and in Hebrew.

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Janice Silverman Rebibo is the author of five previous books of poetry and a volume of translations to English of the selected work of beloved Israeli poet Natan Yonatan, Within the Song to Live. My Beautiful Ballooning Heart, her collected English poetry, was released by Coolidge Corner Publishing in July 2013. Rebibo's poems have been described as "fresh and compelling," having "an intriguing sense of humor," and showing "just how globally oriented the world has become." Her poem, "My Beautiful Ballooning Heart," was nominated by Muddy River Poetry Review for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. A Massachusetts native and native English speaker, Rebibo received a President of Israel award and others for Zara Betzion [a stranger-woman in Zion], Poems 1984-2006, her collected Hebrew poetry. Israeli critics called her work "a bold blend of two imposing literary traditions" and "a strategic breakthrough that added something new to the war of independence of Israel's consciousness." For more details, please visit www.janicerebibo.com

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