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Love and Selected Poems

Aharon Shabtai

Translated by Peter Cole

Love and Selected Poems
Categories: 20th Century, Jewish
Imprint: Sheep Meadow Press
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Hardback (248 pages)
(Pub. Jul 2011)
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  • In his fusions of the sensual and the spiritual, the ordinary and the exalted, the sexual in the suffering psyche and the intelligent consciousness searching and spinning through history, myth and layers of language, Shabtai is one of the most exciting poets writing anywhere, and certainly the most audacious. The poems have a wonderful almost vertiginous energy, an enormous erudition, and a startling, finally inspiring candor. A splendid book brilliantly translated by Peter Cole - C.K.Williams

    Aharon Shabtai's poetry is of epic range: personal and historical, full of hard won knowledge and the sexual dramas the Greeks allowed their gods and themselves. He can be placed in a line that stretches from Biblical to Greek origins to Catullus to Joyce to Jean Genet and other masters of language, revelry, and revelation - Stanley Moss

    Introduction - Peter Cole
    Teacher's Room
    Before School
    Our culture
    The Dining Hall
    The Domestic Poem
    The Revolt
    from part II
    The Car
    A Street
    The last year of my marriage
    Spoon and Fork
    The Prayer Book
    Sometimes a step
    The Heart
    The Onion Basket
    Masha, my mother
    I tossed and turned
    To My Daughter
    The Shoe
    The Door
    Two or three months apart
    I'm obliged to honor your cunt
    I pay no attention
    The body's our final farm
    I brush the teeth of the beast
    The essence of wisdom
    I pound my egghead
    The pig reads nothing
    Like the ant and the seed
    Through folly
    Like a butterfly
    My heart's so full of shit
    With each passing season and year
    Day after day after day
    When you were twenty
    The Heart
    For National Poetry Week 1992
    Again you're in paris
    Finding it hard to fall asleep
    I've Always Missed Out
    Drenched with Sweat
    If All the World Were Contained
    Ah Nili
    Never Again Will I Break that Record
    Nothing Will Come of You

    Aharon Shabtai
    Aharon Shabtai is the foremost Hebrew translator of Greek drama and the author of numerous collections of poetry. Born in 1939 in Tel Aviv, he attended the Tel Nordau School and the Educational Institute at Kibbutz Merhaviya. After his military service, he studied Greek and Philosophy at the Hebrew University, the ... read more
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