Look There

Overview

The first publication in the United States of celebrated contemporary Israeli poet Agi Mishol, winner of the Yehuda Amichai Poetry Prize

You are only twenty

and your first pregnancy is an exploding bomb.

Under your broad skirt you are pregnant with dynamite and metal shavings. This is how you walk in the market . . .

—from “Woman Martyr”

Agi Mishol’s poetry, written in the ...

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Overview

The first publication in the United States of celebrated contemporary Israeli poet Agi Mishol, winner of the Yehuda Amichai Poetry Prize

You are only twenty

and your first pregnancy is an exploding bomb.

Under your broad skirt you are pregnant with dynamite and metal shavings. This is how you walk in the market . . .

—from “Woman Martyr”

Agi Mishol’s poetry, written in the instability of contemporary Israel, is an astounding balancing act between brave utterance and comic revelation, stark reality and pure pleasure. The poet dreams of being married to Stephen Hawking; men, with all their brazen flaws, are loved, even admired; parents are mourned and remembered; the poet herself freezes in the spotlight of her own poetry reading; a suicide bomber disguised as a pregnant woman walks into a Jerusalem bakery.

Skillfully rendered from the Hebrew into English by Lisa Katz, Look There introduces American readers to a vital new poet, whose depth and verve have earned her an international reputation.

A Lannan Translation Selection

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Editorial Reviews

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“In contemporary Israeli poetry, intense, white flames appear against the dark, burning background, whose smoke is greater than the fire. Those with eyes in their heads can see: Agi Mishol’s poetry is one of the brightest of these flames.” —Dan Miron, Leonard Kaye Professor of Hebrew Literature, Columbia University
Joel Brouwer
To address what's called the matsav (the "situation") is to risk propagandism; to ignore it is to appear a Pangloss or coward. Mishol, born in 1947 in Hungary to Holocaust survivors and raised in Israel, finds a surprising amount of room to maneuver within these constraints, taking up political subjects with a sly delicacy reminiscent of the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska's best work.
— The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555974367
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 12/27/2005
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,422,100
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Agi Mishol was born in 1947 in Hungary to Holocaust survivors and grew up in Israel. She is the author of more than twelve books of poetry, and the winner of the first Yehuda Amichai Poetry Prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature, and many other awards.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : "God in the details"
Moment 3
Woman martyr 6
Olive tree 7
Red hail 8
To the muses 9
To a young poet about to read aloud 10
Scheherazade 12
Eros Pedagogitis 14
Pigeons 15
Summer in the city 16
Monday 17
[I don't know you] 21
[At Kastina junction] 22
[The gynecologist who examined your womb] 23
[Beyond the doorframe] 24
[At night in my bed] 25
[Every morning I bring you] 26
[I didn't have to turn you into the ambulance] 27
[From day to day] 28
[Someone lit the wax flowers in your garden] 29
[About that new baby crow] 30
[In the death announcements] 31
[The ceremony was modest] 32
Gravity, death 33
[When I died I was already] 34
Reconciliation 35
Parting 36
[Just before] 39
[If I open my eyes now] 40
[When I swam in my brain, that cosmic soup] 41
[I'm being filmed] 42
[I, Marilyn] 43
[I was alone but in plural] 44
[Identical pairs of Charlie Chaplins] 45
[Under a lemon tree] 46
[A very tall and worried Japanese woman] 47
[I woke up on the wrong side of the bed] 48
[I push my new husband Stephen Hawking] 49
[As I ascended to heaven] 50
[I stand in an open field] 52
Poem for the imperfect man 55
A little prayer for Sunday 56
The swimmers 58
Poetry reading 59
The peacock 60
Between the trees and the non-trees 61
Papua, New Guinea 63
Caress 66
November 4, 1995 67
Nocturne 69
Transistor Muezzin 72
White chicken 73
Revelation 74
Horse 75
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