Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems

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"The kind of resonantly simple poetry that is the work of a great poet." —The New York Times
Library Journal
Though the title of this bilingual selection recalls two recent works by Amichai Love Poems , LJ 8/81, and Poems of Jerusalem , Harper, 1988, it is actually drawn from eight previous works and boasts an even larger array of translators including Stephen Mitchell, David Rosenberg, Ted Hughes, and the poet himself. The thematic arrangement deftly emphasizes the Israeli poet's constant preoccupation with both Jerusalem and love. ``I remember that the city was divided/ Not only between me and you,/ When we lived there together,'' Amichai says, entwining the two in ``I Don't Know If History Repeats Itself.'' That these poems are presented with no translator's introduction shows how familiar Amichai's voice has become to English readers. Despite the absence of a few personal favorites from earlier collections such as the masterful ``My Mother Once Told Me'', having the full range of Amichai's work back in print is a delight.-- Rochelle Ratner, formerly Poetry Editor, ``Soho Weekly News,'' New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878818195
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Edition description: Bilingual Hebrew-English ed.
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 946,126
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

YEHUDA AMICHAI was born in Wurzburg, Germany, in 1924 and emigrated with his family to Palestine in 1936. Amichai published eleven volumes of poetry in Hebrew, two novels, and a book of short stories. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. In 1982, Amichai received the Israel Prize for Poetry, and he became a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He lived in Jerusalem until his death on September 25, 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    Beautiful Voice, Haunting Metaphors

    I really enjoyed this book (I won't go on about glowing language, etc, because it had plenty of that and completely deserves anything I could say about it, if I had the words to do so). This is the first book I've read by Yehuda Amichai and I absolutely LOVED it. I can hear his voice in the lines of the poetry, as well as the culture he has come from. The stones of Jerusalem really do have life within his poetry. I strongly encourage you to try this book out...equal in quality to the greatest poets out there.

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