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Dahlia Ravikovitch

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  • Dahlia Ravikovitch was one of Israel's leading woman poets. Born in Ramat Gan in 1936, she published five volumes of poetry, a book of short stories, and two books of children's verse. She studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and later worked as a journalist and teacher. She was the recipient of many of Israel's literary awards: the Shlonsky, Brenner, Ussishkin and Bialik Prizes, as well as the Award of the Municipality of Ramat Gan.
    Praise for Dahlia Ravikovitch   [Ravikovitch's] poetry deals overwhelmingly with extreme states of personal life: desolation, loss, estrangement, breakdown...Landscape, history, the Bible, and best of all, a caustic mother wit: all figure behind the shaken self...She is a poet of wit, severe and costly, and this saves her, at least in the poems...Her language bristles with sharpness...To read these poems is to see the whole world pressed into one imperilled being, and then, through the calming maneuvers of imagination, to watch that being glide past it's own squalor and smallness
    Irving Howe, The New Republic
    The libation that Dahlia Ravikovitch pours is of a sparkling purity and lyric freshness. Her song is both ancient and new, and it is unutterably poignant. Chana Bloch has made a loving translation from the original Hebrew. No poetry in recent years has moved me more
    Stanley Kunitz
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