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Open Closed Open Poems

ISBN-10: 0156030500

ISBN-13: 9780156030502

Edition: 2004

Authors: Yehuda Amichai, Chana Bloch, Chana Kronfeld

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In poems marked by tenderness and mischief, humanity and humor, Yehuda Amichai breaks open the grand diction of revered Jewish verses and casts the light of his own experi-ence upon them. Here he tells of history, a nation, the self, love, and resurrection. Amichai's last volume is one of medi-tation and hope, and stands as a testament to one of Israel's greatest poets. "Open closed open. Before we are born, everything is open" "in the universe without us. For as long as we live, everything is closed" "within us. And when we die, everything is open again." "Open closed open. That's all we are." --"from" "I WASN'T ONE OF THE SIX MILLION: AND WHAT IS MY LIFE SPAN? OPEN CLOSED OPEN"
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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.