Open Closed Open: Poems

Open Closed Open: Poems

by Yehuda Amichai
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Open Closed Open 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the last published work of Israel's greatest poet of the past half - century. Amichai is one of those writers who like Shakespeare speaks at many different levels to his readers. He is on the one hand clear and familiar, but his poetry always alludes to and reaches depths of meaning and feeling. These poems as his last are his most abstract and spare, the summa of a lifetime. In some way it seems to me that they lack the appeal, the story, the youthful force and poignancy of earlier work. But they are his closing , and his opening toward another world where his many readers will keep him alive with their love and devotion. No one has written of everyday life in modern Israel, the life of soldiers and shoppers at the market, of lovers and mourners , with the depth and beauty of Amichai. I not simply recommend this work.I recommend that all true lovers of literature look at his other work, and come to enjoy it.They I am certain will not regret doing so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great collection from Amichai--this includes many new poems typical of his style as well as some long poems, which do not pop up in his American releases very often. Readers new to Amichai should probably start with his Selected Poems translated by Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell, or with Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems (two books in one!). This new book contains some really beautiful work, but its only fault is that it appears to omit some recent Amichai poems that I'd seen in magazines. Something to keep us in anticipation of the next release, I hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The English translation of Amichai's 1998 book of poetry. A magnum opus. A poet would be needed to describe the genius of his words. I never 'get' poetry. It doesn't work for me. But then I read a poem by Amichai and it made sense. Then I went to hear him at a reading at NYU several years ago, and it clicked. Then I read an excerpt from this book last Fall in The Forward, and I have been anxious for this book's release for the past 6 months. I bought this book and I consumed it. Reading his poems is like praying, like meditating. Here is one tiny excerpt that is reprinted with permission. If it clicks for you, get the book. Tova's brother, whom I carried wounded from the battle at Tel Gath, / recovered and was forgotten because he recovered, and died / a few years later in a car crash, and was forgotten / because he died. And even if my bloodied hands / had been prophets then, my eyes saw not / and my feet knew not what the grain in the field knows, / that green wheat ripens yellow. / That's the life prophecy of a field of wheat.