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First Reviews for the New Yehuda Amichai Collection

Nov. 17, 2015

First reviews for the new Yehuda Amichai collection, edited by Robert Alter:

"Mammoth and ably assembled . . . Amichai wrote prolifically, in love and sorrow, about the land and the struggles over it. Yet it may be as a poet of embodied erotic desire that Amichai has had the widest appeal. His love poems will go on being read and studied, cherished and sent as billets-doux." – Publishers Weekly

"As Alter points out, and it quickly becomes clear, Amichai is accessible in translation; indeed, the work of all 15 translators is uniformly high. His work also deserves to be called universal. As is always the case with great poets, Amichai describes his own environment in his own terms, yet we find in his perceptions our world. His concerns are our concerns made clear and intelligible, and his feelings are our feelings more deeply felt . . . This is an indispensable collection, packed with unforgettable poems." —Michael Autrey, Booklist (starred review)

"[A] beautiful new collection . . . A master in his own language and now a powerful voice in English, Yehuda Amichai deserves a place amongst the best known and best loved poets of the twentieth century. Or, at the very least, a place on your bookshelf." —Tim Ellison, Ploughshares

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