Ezekiel's Wheels

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?Progressive, passionate, and unfailingly feminist, Kaufman is a breathtakingly fine poet.??The Nation

?If someone is going to be exalted as a representative voice of Jewish or Israeli life in contemporary American poetry, one couldn?t ask for a more insightful or mature writer to assume such an impossible role.??The Jerusalem Post

?Kaufman approaches Jerusalem?s bitter memories, contested histories and joyous...

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“Progressive, passionate, and unfailingly feminist, Kaufman is a breathtakingly fine poet.”—The Nation

“If someone is going to be exalted as a representative voice of Jewish or Israeli life in contemporary American poetry, one couldn’t ask for a more insightful or mature writer to assume such an impossible role.”—The Jerusalem Post

“Kaufman approaches Jerusalem’s bitter memories, contested histories and joyous unfoldings with a wary love.”—Publishers Weekly

Shirley Kaufman utilizes enigmatic symbolism from the Book of Ezekiel as she writes into the themes of exile and emigration that have marked her work since she moved to Israel thirty-six years ago. Her new poems attempt to bring meaning to an irrational world—the unrelenting passage of human life, the risks of artistic endeavoring, and the artist’s struggle with the loss of sight and memory. After nearly four decades of writing and publishing, Kaufman maintains a lightness of touch even while her poetry takes on an increased awareness of danger and urgency.

. . . I don’t want to
look back but can’t see ahead
from where I am now

and now is whatever I didn’t do
yesterday. Not what I live in.
Now is the fear
there won’t be anything
after now.

Shirley Kaufman was born in Seattle, lived in San Francisco, and immigrated to Jerusalem in 1973. Eight volumes of her award-winning poetry have been published in the United States, three by Copper Canyon Press. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781556593079
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Kaufman is the author of seven books of poetry and several translations from the Hebrew. Her awards include the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. A native of Seattle, Kaufman now makes her home in Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Where Am I? 3

Your Place 5

The Test 7

What Matters 8

Hope 10

Safe 11

Return from the Dead Sea 12

Listen 13

Circle 14

Succot 17

In the Recovery Room 19

Mother 23

Care 25

Art 27

Bench 28

Nothing 30

Ezekiel's Wheels 31

Limits 48

Stuck 50

A Season of Birds 51

Epithalamium 53

Something More 54

The Art of Submission 55

Whole 57

Penelope 58

Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa 59

Passages 60

After the Shine 61

Losing My Mind 62

Advantages 63

Too Late 64

Letting It Out 65

Locked In 66

Lost 67

It's not 68

Avian Influenza, 2004 69

Cyclamen 70

Kite Festival at the Israel Museum 71

Under 72

Piece by piece 73

The Governor of Somewhere 74

U-turn 75

Only Child 76

Metamorphosis 77

Unwinding 78

Parables for Aging 80

Unhinged 82

Gaps 84

Bird Sanctuary next to a Military Cemetery 85

Pushing 86

Late Love Poem 87

Old Poets 88

Amazement 89

Escape 91

Annapolis 92

Streets 93

The ceiling was vaulted 94

Hiding 95

Seder, 2008/5768 96

Directions 97

Still Ready 99

Connected 100

Wanting 101

Eighty-five 102

Finding Our Way 103

Peace Rose 104

Notes 107

About the Author 108

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