Later you banish a cloud from your mindNo trivial matter at allTalking about the time it takes the fruit on the table to ripen Placing finger beside finger,beside tool, besidea quiet that is not silence within the kitchen
Copyright © 2019 by Israel Eliraz
Translation by Liat Simon
All rights reserved.
Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission.
Israel Eliraz (1936-2016) was born in Jerusalem. From 1963 to 1980 he published three novels, a book of short stories, and a number of plays and opera librettos. He started writing poetry in 1980. He was the recipient of numerous Israeli literary awards, as well as an honorary citation by the French government. His poetry has been translated into 11 languages.
Liat Simon was born in Tel Aviv in 1976. She is a poet, a journalist and an editor, and is a seasoned content manager, specializing in arts and culture. She studied English Literature and Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Film at Beit Berl College – Faculty of Arts (Hamidrasha). Her short films, which she wrote and directed, were screened in cinematheques and film festivals across Israel. Her poems, written in Hebrew, were featured in various Israeli newspapers and literary magazines. Her first poetry book, Three Times Around the Sun, will be published by Pardes Publishing and has received The Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts grant.
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