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Publisher Comments:

Amichai writes of the language of love, and tea with roasted almonds, of desire and love. Of a Jewish cemetery whose groundskeeper is an expert on flowers and seasons of the year, but no expert on buried Jews; of Russian shirts embroidered in the colors of love and death; of Jerusalem, the city where everything sails: the flags, the prayer shawls, the caftans, the monks' robes, the kaffiyehs, and young women's dresses. The poet tenderly, mischievously, breaks open the grand diction of the revered Jewish verses and supplications and suddenly discovers the light that his own experience casts upon them. Here, the bread of memory and the circuses of forgetting, nostalgia for God and a better world, dust and heat, and tamarisk trees that stand as flight attendants for the next millennium, saying, "You can still get a seat on the third millennium before liftoff." Open Closed Open-poems at once meditative and playful, anxious and full of hope, sung in a language of biblical directness and meaning, that through the microcosm of the everyday give us the gift of the world at large.

Synopsis:

In poems marked by tenderness and mischief, humanity and humor, Yehuda Amichai breaks open the grand diction of revered Jewish verses and casts the light of his own experi­ence upon them. Here he tells of history, a nation, the self, love, and resurrection. Amichais last volume is one of medi­tation and hope, and stands as a testament to one of Israels greatest poets.

 

Open closed open. Before we are born, everything is open

in the universe without us. For as long as we live, everything is closed

within us. And when we die, everything is open again.

Open closed open. Thats all we are.

from “I WASNT ONE OF THE SIX MILLION:

   AND WHAT IS MY LIFE SPAN? OPEN CLOSED OPEN”

About the Author

YEHUDA AMICHAI (1924-2000) has long been considered one of the great poets of the twentieth century. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Israel Prize, his country's highest honor. His work has been translated into more than thirty-seven languages. Winner of the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

The Amen Stone 

I Wasnt One of the Six Million:

And What Is My Life Span? Open Closed Open 

I Foretell the Days of Yore 

The Bible and You, the Bible and You, and Other Midrashim 

Once I Wrote Now and in Other Days:

Thus Glory Passes, Thus Pass the Psalms 

Gods Change, Prayers Are Here to Stay 

David, King of Israel, Is Alive: Thou Art the Man 

My Parents Lodging Place 

What Has Always Been 

Israeli Travel: Otherness Is All, Otherness Is Love 

Evening Promenade on Valley of the Ghosts Street 

Summer and the Far End of Prophecy 

Houses (Plural); Love (Singular) 

The Language of Love and Tea with Roasted Almonds 

The Precision of Pain and the Blurriness of Joy:

The Touch of Longing Is Everywhere 

In My Life, on My Life 

Jewish Travel: Change Is God and Death Is His Prophet 

Names, Names, in Other Days and in Our Time 

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Why Jerusalem? 

Conferences, Conferences: Malignant Words, Benign Speech 

My Son Was Drafted 

Autumn, Love, Commercials 

And Who Will Remember the Rememberers? 

The Jewish Time Bomb 

Notes

Acknowledgments 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151003785
Subtitle:
Poems
Editor:
Willen, Drenka
Translator:
Bloch, Chana
Author:
Amichai, Yehuda
Author:
Amichai
Translator:
Bloch, Chana
Author:
Willen, Drenka
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Amichai, Yehuda
Subject:
Single Author - Other
Subject:
POE013000
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
001-99
Publication Date:
20000401
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6.13 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 192 pages Harcourt - English 9780151003785 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In poems marked by tenderness and mischief, humanity and humor, Yehuda Amichai breaks open the grand diction of revered Jewish verses and casts the light of his own experi­ence upon them. Here he tells of history, a nation, the self, love, and resurrection. Amichais last volume is one of medi­tation and hope, and stands as a testament to one of Israels greatest poets.

 

Open closed open. Before we are born, everything is open

in the universe without us. For as long as we live, everything is closed

within us. And when we die, everything is open again.

Open closed open. Thats all we are.

from “I WASNT ONE OF THE SIX MILLION:

   AND WHAT IS MY LIFE SPAN? OPEN CLOSED OPEN”

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