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Open Closed Open: Poems - Yehuda Amichai
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[SR: 721756], Paperback, [EAN: 9780156030502], Mariner Books, Mariner Books, Book, [PU: Mariner Books], 2006-11-01, Mariner Books, In the centerpiece of Open Closed Open, the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai ponders his most treasured keepsake, "a triangular fragment of stone from a Jewish graveyard destroyed / many generations ago." This object is, needless to say, more than a souvenir: throughout the zigzagging lines of "The Amen Stone," it allows Amichai to reconstruct bits and pieces of the past, "fragment to fragment, / like the resurrection of the dead, a mosaic, / a jigsaw puzzle. Child's play." The ensuing narrative leads the poet directly into his nation's history. Yet this is not merely a political but a personal resurrection, for Amichai sees himself as the stone's well-weathered counterpart, a byproduct of time. And he, too, has experienced an inevitable erosion: "Jewish History and World History / grind me between them like two grindstones / sometimes to a powder." Throughout the collection, Amichai returns again and again to this convergence. In "Once I Wrote 'Now and in Other Days.' Thus Glory Passes, Thus the Psalms Pass," for example, he chronicles the destruction of Huleh swamp, an open ecosystem drained by the Israeli government during the 1950s to fight malaria and provide arable land: Now half a century later they are filling it with water again because it was a mistake. Perhaps my entire life I've been living a mistake Indeed, Amichai's misgivings seem to extend to the very foundations of the modern Israeli state. Might not the "bright-colored birds" who fled the swamp "for their lives" be figures for the displaced Palestinians? Huleh, we learn, was eventually restored. But sowing the seeds of peace is as precarious an enterprise as rebuilding a fragile ecosystem. Elsewhere, "My Son Was Drafted" records a father's concern and fear for his military-age child. Amichai wishes his son were joining an army without a war, where soldiers serve as decorations around monuments, where the ornate and impractical replace the camouflaged and tactical. But here, too, the father has a few spiritual heirlooms to pass on to his son, which incidentally allow him to open up yet another closed system: I would like to add two more commandments to the ten: the Eleventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not change," and the Twelfth Commandment "Thou shalt change. You will change." My dead father added those for me. A man, Amichai suggests, is more pliable once he has been opened up, refreshed, newly defined. Cultures, alas, are not so flexible. But the rich language of Open Closed Open, which has been meticulously translated by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, holds out the hope that nations, too, might submit to the Twelfth Commandment. --Ryan Kuykendall, 5854271011, Books, 5854268011, Markdowns, 3143530011, Custom Stores, 3143529011, Self-Service, 916516, Featured Stores, 2205888011, Custom Stores, 7187330011, Amazon Publishing, 13901671, Audiobooks, 14244971, Bargain Books, 13621591, Boxed Sets, 194725011, Canada Day Deals, 377366011, Christian Living Store, 263003011, For Dummies Store, 2354164011, Formats, 714830011, Kids & Family Store, 370821011, Qualifying Textbooks - Fall 2007, 1040638, Specialty Stores, 916520, Books, 16170500011, Jewish, 16170498011, Regional & Cultural, 932552, History & Criticism, 927790, Literature & Fiction, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 13804241, Middle Eastern, 16170512011, Regional & Cultural, 932624, Poetry, 927790, Literature & Fiction, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books

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[SR: 721756], Paperback, [EAN: 9780156030502], Mariner Books, Mariner Books, Book, [PU: Mariner Books], 2006-11-01, Mariner Books, In the centerpiece of Open Closed Open, the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai ponders his most treasured keepsake, "a triangular fragment of stone from a Jewish graveyard destroyed / many generations ago." This object is, needless to say, more than a souvenir: throughout the zigzagging lines of "The Amen Stone," it allows Amichai to reconstruct bits and pieces of the past, "fragment to fragment, / like the resurrection of the dead, a mosaic, / a jigsaw puzzle. Child's play." The ensuing narrative leads the poet directly into his nation's history. Yet this is not merely a political but a personal resurrection, for Amichai sees himself as the stone's well-weathered counterpart, a byproduct of time. And he, too, has experienced an inevitable erosion: "Jewish History and World History / grind me between them like two grindstones / sometimes to a powder." Throughout the collection, Amichai returns again and again to this convergence. In "Once I Wrote 'Now and in Other Days.' Thus Glory Passes, Thus the Psalms Pass," for example, he chronicles the destruction of Huleh swamp, an open ecosystem drained by the Israeli government during the 1950s to fight malaria and provide arable land: Now half a century later they are filling it with water again because it was a mistake. Perhaps my entire life I've been living a mistake Indeed, Amichai's misgivings seem to extend to the very foundations of the modern Israeli state. Might not the "bright-colored birds" who fled the swamp "for their lives" be figures for the displaced Palestinians? Huleh, we learn, was eventually restored. But sowing the seeds of peace is as precarious an enterprise as rebuilding a fragile ecosystem. Elsewhere, "My Son Was Drafted" records a father's concern and fear for his military-age child. Amichai wishes his son were joining an army without a war, where soldiers serve as decorations around monuments, where the ornate and impractical replace the camouflaged and tactical. But here, too, the father has a few spiritual heirlooms to pass on to his son, which incidentally allow him to open up yet another closed system: I would like to add two more commandments to the ten: the Eleventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not change," and the Twelfth Commandment "Thou shalt change. You will change." My dead father added those for me. A man, Amichai suggests, is more pliable once he has been opened up, refreshed, newly defined. Cultures, alas, are not so flexible. But the rich language of Open Closed Open, which has been meticulously translated by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, holds out the hope that nations, too, might submit to the Twelfth Commandment. --Ryan Kuykendall, 5854271011, Books, 5854268011, Markdowns, 3143530011, Custom Stores, 3143529011, Self-Service, 916516, Featured Stores, 2205888011, Custom Stores, 7187330011, Amazon Publishing, 13901671, Audiobooks, 14244971, Bargain Books, 13621591, Boxed Sets, 194725011, Canada Day Deals, 377366011, Christian Living Store, 263003011, For Dummies Store, 2354164011, Formats, 714830011, Kids & Family Store, 370821011, Qualifying Textbooks - Fall 2007, 1040638, Specialty Stores, 916520, Books, 16170500011, Jewish, 16170498011, Regional & Cultural, 932552, History & Criticism, 927790, Literature & Fiction, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books, 13804241, Middle Eastern, 16170512011, Regional & Cultural, 932624, Poetry, 927790, Literature & Fiction, 927726, Subjects, 916520, Books

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I Wasn't One of the Six Million: And What Is My Life Span? Open Closed Open 1 My life is the gardener of my body. The braina hothouse closed tight with its flowers and plants, alien and odd in their sensitivity, their terror of becoming extinct. The facea formal French garden of symmetrical contours and circular paths of marble with statues and places to rest, places to touch and smell, to look out from, to lose yourself in a green maze, and Keep Off and Don't Pick the Flowers. The upper body above the navelan English park pretending to be free, no angles, no paving stones, naturelike, humanlike, in our image, after our likeness, its arms linking up with the big night all around. And my lower body, beneath the navelsometimes a nature preserve, wild, frightening, amazing, an unpreserved preserve, and sometimes a Japanese garden, concentrated, full of forethought. And the penis and testes are smooth polished stones with dark vegetation between them, precise paths fraught with meaning and calm reflection. And the teachings of my father and the commandments of my mother are birds of chirp and song. And the woman I love is seasons and changing weather, and the children at play are my children. And the life my life. 2 I've never been in those places where I've never been and never will be, I have no share in the infinity of light-years and dark-years, but the darkness is mine, and the light, and my time is my own. The sand on the seashorethose infinite grains are the same sand where I made love in Achziv and Caesarea. The years of my life I have broken into hours, and the hours into minutes and seconds and fractions of seconds. These, only these, are the stars above me that cannot be numbered. 3 And what is my life span? I'm like a man gone out of Egypt: the Red Sea parts, I cross on dry land, two walls of water, on my right hand and on my left. Pharaoh's army and his horsemen behind me. Before me the desert, perhaps the Promised Land, too. That is my life span. 4 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. That's all we are. 5 What then is my life span? Like shooting a self-portrait. I set up the camera a few feet away on something stable (the one thing that's stable in this world), I decide on a good place to stand, near a tree, run back to the camera, press the timer, run back again to that place near the tree, and I hear the ticking of time, the whirring like a distant prayer, the click of the shutter like an execution. That is my life span. God develops the picture in His big darkroom. And here is the picture: white hair on my head, eyes tired and heavy, eyebrows black, like the charred lintels above the windows in a house that burned down. My life span is over. 6 I wasn't one of the six million who died in the Shoah, I wasn't even among the survivors. And I wasn't one of the six hundr Poetry Poetry eBook, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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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 experi-ence upon them. Here he tells of history, a nation, the self, love, and resurrection. Amichai's last volume is one of medi-tation and hope, and stands as a testament to one of Israel's 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. That's all we are." --"from" "I WASN'T ONE OF THE SIX MILLION: AND WHAT IS MY LIFE SPAN? OPEN CLOSED OPEN" Open Closed Open: Poems Amichai, Yehuda / Bloch, Chana / Kronfeld, Chana, Harvest Books

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Open Closed Open: Poems
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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 experi-ence upon them. Here he tells of history, a nation, the self, love, and resurrection. Amichai's last volume is one of medi-tation and hope, and stands as a testament to one of Israel's 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. That's all we are." --"from""I WASN'T ONE OF THE SIX MILLION: AND WHAT IS MY LIFE SPAN? OPEN CLOSED OPEN"

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780156030502
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0156030500
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Publishing year: 2006
Publisher: HARVEST BOOKS
184 Pages
Weight: 0,227 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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