Heaven and Other Poems

Heaven and Other Poems

by Israel Horovitz


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Heaven and Other Poems by Israel Horovitz

With more than 70 produced plays and many produced screenplays, playwright/director/author Israel Horovitz presents a new dimension to his creative output in Heaven and Other Poems, the 75-year-old author's first-ever authorized poetry collection. A tour-de-force of emotion, empathy and deep, melancholic beauty, Heaven and Other Poems is a stunning collection of work crafted over a lifetime. From the epic poem "Stations of the Cross" with its startling, tenderly crafted images of familial love and loss, to the punchy and pointed aphorisms of the twin "Defining the French Novel" and "Defining the American Novel" Horovitz displays a remarkable range, and—throughout—a deep understanding of humanity. As the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history, Horovitz sets many of his in France, where he often directs French-language productions of his plays. The collection is filled with surprises and special gifts, such as the never-before-published translation of one of his poems by master playwright Samuel Beckett, from whom Horovitz found thematic and stylistic inspiration for his own work. A truly inspired poetry collection, which is, in turn, truly inspiring and fulfilling to its audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941110119
Publisher: Three Rooms Press
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Playwright-screenwriter-director Israel Horovitz’s 70+ stage-plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. His plays have introduced such actors as Al Pacino, John Cazale, Jill Clayburgh, Marsha Mason, Gerard Depardieu, and many others. Best-known plays include Line (now in its 40th year, off-Broadway), The Indian Wants The Bronx, Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, My Old Lady, The Widow’s Blind Date, It’s Called The Sugar Plum, Rats, Morning, and The Primary English Class. Best-known films include Author! Author!, Sunshine (for which he won the European Academy Award – Best Screenplay), James Dean (which introduced James Franco), 3 Weeks After Paradise (which he wrote, directed and starred), and My Old Lady, which he recently adapted for the screen and directed (at age 74) starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and Kristin Scott-Thomas. Horovitz’s memoires Un New-Yorkais a Paris were recently published in France, where he was decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history. He is the father of five children: film producer Rachael Horovitz, TV producer/novelist Matthew Horovitz, Beastie Boy/composer Adam Horovitz, writer/filmmaker Oliver Horovitz, and academic Hannah Horovitz. He is married to Gillian Horovitz, formerly England National Marathon Champion and record-holder. The Horovitz family divides its time among homes in NYC, Gloucester, Massachusetts, and London. Horovitz has written poetry throughout his lifetime. Heaven and Other Poems is the first collection of his poetry he has authorized for publication.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Caste Away 1

Stations of the Cross 2

Mangia-Mangia 10

A Few Queries About Love 12

Travels (Near and Far) 15

Postcards from Piazza del Duomo 16

Auden Visits Budapest 19

Leaving Avignon 20

En Partent d'Avignon 21

On Boulevard Raspail 22

Angry Arachnid (A Cross Tick) 23

My Plants 24

St. Andrews Sunday 25

Two Nights in Aix 27

Trois Visites à Cannes 28

L'Abbaye de Royaumont 30

Come and Go 32

Ancient Couplet 34

For Loleh, Two Days Too Late 35

Spider II 36

Spider XVI 37

Spider XVII 38

Gide, Walking His Lobster 40

Comme Ça 41

Defining the French Novel 42

Defining the American Novel 43

Is This the Face I Deserve? 44

Nearly Sixty Santas 45

My Beard 46

For Ollie and Hannah's 10th Birthday 47

A Dieter's Prayer 48

An Urgent Press Release from Israel Horovitz 49

In the Monkey House 50

Running With Edouard 51

Mother's Garden 53

The Seventh Veil 54

Boston 55

Gloucester 56

My Young Son 57

Friendship 58

Philippa 59

Tomorrow's Promise 60

Sadness 61

Room 62

For Edward Harkavy 63

My Blackened Heart 64

Suicide 65

Filemot 66

Heritage 67

For T. S. 68

History 69

To William Butler Yeats 70

Of Yankee Tints 71

Explaining Family 72

My Panama 73

Medea 74

Professoria 75

A Little Verse for Wittgenstein 76

A Worldwide Punnishment 77

The Shooters 78

Partisan Politics 79

Amputation 81

Hunger 82

A Playwright's Poem 83

Her Loving Glance 84

Stage Fort Park 85

Subjunctively/Subjectively 86

This Annoying Love 87

Dream 2pm 88

Footprints 89

Our Married Life 90

Hollywood Math 91

À Veuve Clicquot 92

Loss 93

Time 94

Wax and Wane 95

Heaven 96

Epilogue: Beating Papa Doc 98

About the Author 100

Acknowledgments 102

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