Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

ISBN-10: 0520205383
ISBN-13: 9780520205383
Edition: 1996 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/30/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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. fromTourists: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."

Yehuda Amichai was born in Germany and immigrated to Palestine in 1936. His novels and poetry are innovative in their use of Hebrew terms. Following World War II and Israel's War of Independence in 1948, Amichai began to introduce new words of technical, legal, and administrative meaning into his poetry to replace sacral phrases. Amichai's poetry reflects the modernizing of the Hebrew language within the last 45 years. "One of Amichai's most characteristic effects in his poetry is the mingling of past and present, ancient and modern, person and place: the here and now for him inevitably recalls the past" (Judaica Book News). One of Israel's most highly regarded poets, Amichai shared the Israel Prize for Literature with Amir Gilboa in 1981.

C. K. Williams is the author of eight books of poems, the most recent of which, "Repair", won the Pulitzer Prize & the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize. He teaches in the Writing Program at Princeton University & lives part of the year in Paris.

Foreword
God Has Pity on Kindergarten Children
The U.N. Headquarters in the High Commissioner's House in Jerusalem
Autobiography, 1952
The Smell of Gasoline Ascends in My Nose
Six Poems for Tamar
Yehuda Ha-Levi
Ibn Gabirol
When I Was a Child
Look: Thoughts and Dreams
From We Loved Here
God's Hand in the World
Sort of an Apocalypse
And That Is Your Glory
Of Three or Four in a Room
Not Like a Cypress
Through Two Points Only One Straight Line Can Pass
Half the People in the World
For My Birthday
Two Photographs
Poems for a Woman
Children's Procession
Ballad of the Washed Hair
Sonnet from the Voyage
The Visit of the Queen of Sheba
From In a Right Angle: A Cycle of Quatrains
As for the World
In the Middle of This Century
Farewell
Such as Sorrow
Jerusalem
Before
And as Far as Abu Ghosh
You Too Got Tired
The Place Where We Are Right
Mayor
Resurrection
From Summer or Its End
In the Full Severity of Mercy
Too Many
Poem for Arbor Day
Jacob and the Angel
Here
Elegy on an Abandoned Village
The Elegy on the Lost Child
Jerusalem, 1967
The Bull Returns
A Luxury
To Bake the Bread of Yearning
National Thoughts
A Pity. We Were Such a Good Invention
Elegy
Threading
Now in the Storm
Travels of the Last Benjamin of Tudela
Jews in the Land of Israel
Wildpeace
The Way It Was
Instead of Words
Gifts of Love
Ballad in the Streets of Buenos Aires
Psalm
Seven Laments for the War-Dead
Like the Inner Wall of a House
Love Song
I've Grown Very Hairy
A Dog After Love
A Bridge Without a Dowry
The Sweet Breakdowns of Abigail
To a Convert
My Father in a White Space Suit
A Letter of Recommendation
On the Day I Left
A Letter
In a Leap Year
A Quiet Joy
A Mutual Lullaby
From Songs of Zion the Beautiful
Songs of Continuity
At the Monastery of Latroun
When I Was Young, the Whole Country Was Young
I Walked Past a House Where I Lived Once
To My Love, Combing Her Hair
The Diameter of the Bomb
When I Banged My Head on the Door
You Carry the Weight of Heavy Buttocks
Advice for Good Love
You Are So Small and Slight in the Rain
A Man Like That on a Bald Mountain in Jerusalem
When a Man's Far Away from His Country
The Eve of Rosh Hashanah
I've Already Been Weaned
In the Garden, at the White Table
From the Book of Esther I Filtered the Sediment
So I Went Down to the Ancient Harbor
Now the Lifeguards Have All Gone Home
Near the Wall of a House
You Can Rely on Him
You Mustn't Show Weakness
Lost Objects
Forgetting Someone
"The Rustle of History's Wings," as They Used to Say Then
1978 Reunion of Palmach Veterans at Ma'ayan Harod
An Eternal Window
There Are Candles That Remember
On the Day My Daughter Was Born No One Died
All These Make a Dance Rhythm
In the Morning It Was Still Night
A Child Is Something Else Again
When I Have a Stomachache
I Feel Just Fine in My Pants
Jerusalem Is Full of Used Jews
Ecology of Jerusalem
In the Old City
Tourists
An Arab Shepherd Is Searching for His Goat on Mount Zion
A Song of Lies on Sabbath Eve
The Parents Left the Child
Love Is Finished Again
End of Summer in the Judean Mountains
Relativity
Poem Without an End
A Great Tranquility: Questions and Answers
1924
Half-Sized Violin
A Pace Like That
The Box
The Last Word Is the Captain
Statistics
The Hour of Grace
What a Complicated Mess
I Lost My Identity Card
On Mount Muhraka
Summer Begins
Hamadiya
At the Seashore
On Some Other Planet You May Be Right
Autumn Rain in Tel Aviv
A Flock of Sheep Near the Airport
Almost a Love Poem
They Are All Dice
A Precise Woman
Jasmine
Kibbutz Gevaram
History
The Real Hero
At the Maritime Museum
Try to Remember Some Details
A Man in His Life
My Mother Comes from the Days
Now She's Breathing
My Mother Died on Shavuot
The Body Is the Cause of Love
Orchard
Late Marriage
Inside the Apple
North of Beersheba
I Guard the Children
North of San Francisco
Fall in Connecticut
Sandals
Jerusalem, 1985
Evidence
The Course of a Life
What Kind of Man
The Greatest Desire
Two Disappeared into a House
I Know a Man
Between
Summer Evening in the Jerusalem Mountains
At the Beach
The Sea and the Shore
Autumn Is Near and the Memory of My Parents
Yom Kippur
Beginning of Autumn in the Hills of Ephraim
Ruhama
Huleikat - The Third Poem about Dicky
The Shore of Ashkelon
Fields of Sunflowers
First Rain on a Burned Car
We Did What We Had To
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index of Titles

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