The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai is Israel's most popular poet as well as a literary figure of international reputation. In this revised and expanded collection, renowned translators Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell have selected Amichai's most beloved and enduring poems, including forty new poems from his recent work. from Tourists:Once I was sitting on the steps near the gate at David's Ci Yehuda Amichai is Israel's most popular poet as well as a literary figure of international reputation. In this revise...

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Title:The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai
Author:Yehuda Amichai
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The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai Reviews

  • Jenna
    Jan 28, 2008
    Perfect poems concerning sex, love, war, family, nation, and the other essentials. Profound, lucidly written, and rife with complex, sensuous metaphors that really *catch*. I aspire to write poems like these some day. ...
  • Sandra Novack
    Jun 02, 2007
    I heard Amichai speak when he was still alive, in Ohio, in 1997? 1998? and bought his book (this translation, which is the best (I have two others). Amichai, a wonderful Jewish poet, was a sincere, very humble, and very smart man. To see him read was a pleasure. More than anyone, in ho...
  • Albert
    Feb 24, 2017
    Some great lines throughout. The notes seem kind of arbitrary so thanks be for the internet. ...
  • Tracy O
    Sep 02, 2007
    The poems in here are arresting. Violence is all around, but the spirit is delicate, appreciative and kind. ...
  • S.
    Dec 04, 2007
    liking this much better the second time around. ...
  • Tony
    Mar 24, 2008
    Uneven translations; alternating between beauty and overly sentimental, political. ...
  • Shana
    Aug 01, 2008
    Amichai's imagery, be it biblical, political, sexual, or all of the above, is so vivid and functional--both dreamlike and utilitarian. He is one of my favorite poets. ...
  • Sigfried
    Aug 09, 2008
    This is the only book of poetry that ever made me cry. I don't cry. What worries me is that this is all translated from Hebrew...so who should I really thank? Yehuda or the translators? I just found another reason to cry...damn. ...
  • David
    Apr 28, 2010
    Reading Bloch's translation of Amichai's poems from the 1970s again, I can see that he is my favorite poet, an all around human being in his poems, somebody who writes out of his important and basic relationships to parents, children, wives, friends, city, country, landscapes, seasca...
  • Sam
    Feb 09, 2018
    Never had heard of this author before being gifted this collection, but what an incredible intro to Israeli literature! Amichai is a stunning poet, and this book is a great taste of his entire bibliography. Since we are looking at poems from many decades, there is stylistic variety...
  • stephanie cassidy
    Nov 25, 2011
    God has pity on kindergarten children. He has less pity of school children. And on grownups he has no pity at all, he leaves them alone, and sometimes they must crawl on all fours in the burning sand to reach the first-aid station covered with blood. from "God Has Pity on Kin...
  • Hannah Notess
    Sep 27, 2014
    Most favorite poetry of all time for the last decade or so. Whenever I start doubting that poetry means anything to me or that I want to write it I come back to Amichai. ...
  • The Awdude
    Nov 15, 2010
    I don't read a lot of poetry, so I don't know enough about it to be able to recommend a poet to someone who does read a lot of poetry, but if I did then I would still probably recommend Yehuda Amichai. He's an Israeli poet (apparently they really dig poetry in Israel) and most of his p...
  • Cara Diaconoff
    May 17, 2011
    By way of a "review," I'll simply copy out one of the shorter poems: Fields of Sunflowers Fields of sunflowers, ripe and withering, don't need the warmth of the sun anymore, they're brown and wise already. They need sweet shadow, the inwardness of death, the interior of a dra...
  • Caroline
    Jun 08, 2012
    I was lucky enough to be the University of Iowa when he did a reading. I heard him read from this book and others. Wonderful reading, wonderful, lyric poems. ...
  • PGR Nair
    Mar 23, 2015
    AMALGAMATING AGONY AND ECSTASY: POETRY OF YEHUDA AMICHAI Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) is a national icon in Israeli. No funeral, festivity or wedding in Israel passes without the fragrant whiff of his poetry. Everything he has witnessed in his life have filtered out through the prism...
  • Sasha
    Mar 02, 2011
    As one reviewer wrote of Amichai, "At his best, he's the best." This book remains one of my gold standards of poetry - the accumulation of simple but striking metaphors, the surprising twist of everyday language, the Biblical and Jewish references woven through his work, and, most of a...
  • metaphor
    Oct 23, 2014
    Here where the laurel grows as magnificent trees, not as shrubs anymore, we heard our last tune for the very first time. Since then I listen to it alone. [?] Not to see you ever again was manageable, as it turned out: look, we went on living. But not to see you the very next d...
  • Dara
    Feb 01, 2018
    Looking forward to reading many of these poems again to internalize them. ...
  • Annette
    Oct 02, 2013
    I love Amichai's love poems...they speak in the vernacular. Here, I sometimes get lost in effortfulness when he wanders into another terrain - my shortcomings, I'm sure, not his! ...
  • Edgar Trevizo
    Dec 19, 2012
    Right now I could say this is the best poetry book I?ve ever read. Which wouldn?t be precise. How can we tell, anyway? But I can certainly tell you, this is one of the best books I?ve come across. I want to carry it with me, always, every day until the last. It is that beautiful....
  • K.samayavel
    Jul 17, 2013
    Yehuda is a great Poet and I liked lot Poems in this anthology. Translated some important poems in my vernacular language for a closing reading. In many places i found that we both of us writing in the same way except his Political Poems. Since our Indian political situation is differe...
  • Jsavett1
    Dec 08, 2015
    The Israeli Lorca! I've read some of Amichai's English poems and never quite been as impressed as the critics who dress him in laurels. But this Selected is absolutely fantastic. Though it's a translation, Amichai's Hebrew poems are magical and sweet and dark and surprising in all t...
  • Keyi
    Apr 14, 2013
    The real question is why does Amichai's poetry have so many fruit but no vegetables. ...
  • Demoness Tenebrae
    Jun 20, 2016
    Delightful Discovery ! Although Yehuda Amichai is truly a great and well known name, I have not had the pleasure of reading his works until now and I am truly sorry for that for he is definitely a name, a must-read name, for everyone who enjoys poetry, literature and serious works t...
  • J.M. Hushour
    Feb 24, 2013
    A superb Israeli poet. Keen gift for the lyrical linguistic nuance. ...
  • Colin
    Oct 22, 2017
    Read cover-to-cover over the past 6 months or so...good to spend time with such a huge figure. In general I enjoyed the later poems more. ...
  • M
    Nov 14, 2017
    Wildpeace Not the peace of a cease-fire, not even the vision of the wolf and the lamb, but rather as in the heart when the excitement is over and you can talk only about a great weariness. I know that I know how to kill, that makes me an adult. And my son plays with a toy gun...
  • Marie Kos
    Nov 11, 2018
    Beautifully and seamlessly translated, and the poetry itself is exquisite. My Judaic knowledge isn't always great enough to interpret Amichai's allusions fully, but I am grateful to have this selection to read and reread. Highly recommended for everyone! ...
  • Jack Heller
    Jul 06, 2019
    Translated poems of a secular Jew who lived most of his life in Palestine/Israel. Lots of good poetry, but their themes may become repetitious: sex, history, declarations of unbelief. ...