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Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai was born in Wurzburg, Germany, on May 3, 1924 and emigrated with his family to Palestine in 1936. He later became a naturalized Israeli citizen. Although German was his native language, Amichai read Hebrew fluently by the time he moved to Palestine. He served in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army in World War II and fought with the Israeli defense forces in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. Following the war, he attended Hebrew University to study Biblical texts and Hebrew literature, and then taught in secondary schools.

Amichai has published eleven volumes of poetry in Hebrew, two novels, and a book of short stories. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. His collections of poetry available in English include Open Closed Open (Harcourt Brace, 2000); The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai: Newly Revised and Expanded Edition (1996); A Life of Poetry, 1948-1994 (1995); Even a Fist Was Once an Open Palm with Fingers (1989); Poems of Jerusalem (1988); The Great Tranquility: Questions and Answers (1983); Love Poems (1981); Time (1979); Amen (1977); Songs of Jerusalem and Myself (1973); and Poems (1969). In 1982, Amichai received the Israel Prize for Poetry and he became a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He lived in Jerusalem until his death on September 25, 2000.

A Selected Bibliography

Fiction

Not of This Time, Not of This Place (1963)
The World Is a Room and Other Stories (1984)

Poetry in Translation

A Life of Poetry 1948-1994 (1995)
Amen (1977)
Even a Fist Was Once an Open Palm with Fingers: Recent Poems (1991)
Exile at Home (1998)
I Am Sitting Here Now (1994)
Love Poems (1981)
On New Year's Day, Next to a House Being Built (1979)
Open Closed Open: Poems (2000)
Poems of Jerusalem: A Bilingual Edition (1988)
Poems: English and Hebrew (1994)
Selected Poems (1968)
Selected Poems of Yehuda Amichai (1971)
Songs of Jerusalem and Myself (1973)
The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai (1988)
The Great Tranquility: Questions and Answers (1997)
The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (1986)
Time (1979)
Travels (1986)
Travels of the Last Benjamin of Tudela (1976)


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Memorial day for the war dead.  Add now
the grief of all your losses to their grief,
even of a woman that has left you.  Mix
sorrow with sorrow, like time-saving history,
which stacks holiday and sacrifice and mourning
on one day for easy, convenient memory.

Oh, sweet world soaked, like bread,
in sweet milk for