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Introduction
Tsipi Keller and Ruth Kartun-Blum

I Wrote Write Will Write: Author's Preface to the Hebrew Edition

From New Poems (2010)

Voice
Poems from Amirim
Missing (1)
Missing (2)
Who Do You Think You Are
Loss
Carob
[ I had a revelation ]
The body
I Don't Know
Mangs
Tattoo
At Your Side
Signal, Flicker
What Will I Tell
Poems about My Left Eye
Poems of the River: Leave Behind
[ All at once ]
An Ecological Poem
Rivers
Slowly
Word
Green
[ I've forgotten my aging ]
Buddies
A Short Story
Water
[ The bird dives ]
Only a Moment
I Wanted to Tell You

From Tamir's Poems (2007)

Inscribed
Let Me
Similes
True Compassion
Gift
60
Cell Phone
The Spirit and the Soul
Worry
I Dreamt You
Another Bracelet
Deer
The Date
The Son
Eurydice
Rumi
There's Love
And Now
Text Messaging Poems
Sixty
How could I, Tamir

From Poem of the Heart (2004)

Home Poems
At First I Wished to Speak Up
Form
The Neurotic's Poem
[ The voice of a bird ]
Poet
Oh My Love
Love Poem
N. B.
The Cafe

From Oh My Dear Wall (2000)

[ In the depths of childhood ]
[ In the end I couldn't save her ]
[ Before she died ]
Firing Squad
Chu
The Wall
Blue Head
The Sinai Desert Flies
A Lone Tourist
Hair
Putsina
Role

From Book of Ask (1997)

Another Poet
Friendly Dragon
Holy Ground
Dolinger
Book
Opportunity
I Won't Travel This Summer
Abused Neighbor
Yes
My Death 1
My Death 2
Waste
From the cycle "Summer Sequence"
Almost Flowers

From Eye (1993)

The Last Interview
Line
Bomb
Nocturnes
The Ceiling's Looking Glass
Porn 6
The Hottentot Venus (Porn 8)

From Milano (1988)

Cafe
Guy with a Beard and a Ponytail
Human Engineering
Buddha of the Light
Paris
Time
Spring
Poplar in the Window
Leaves

Acknowledgments
About Mordechai Geldman
About Tsipi Keller
About Ruth Kartun-Blum
Index of Titles and First Lines

About the Author

Mordechai Geldman was born in Munich in 1946 and arrived in Israel in 1949. An art critic, artist, author, poet, and psychotherapist, Geldman has published fourteen volumes of poetry and five essay collections, and is the recipient of the Chomsky Award, the Brenner Prize, the Yehuda Amichai Prize for Hebrew Poetry, the Prime Minister's Prize for Hebrew Writers, and the Bialik Prize in Literature. His work has been translated into English, Arabic, Czech, French, Greek, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, and Vietnamese. He lives and works in Tel Aviv.Tsipi Keller is a novelist and translator. Her previous translations include Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry and Reality Crumbs: Selected Poems, by Raquel Chalfi, both also published by SUNY Press.

Reviews

"One of the best poets writing in Hebrew today . . . [Geldman's poems are] multifaceted and multidimensional . . . a compelling intellectual challenge that blends existential sorrow with humorous charm." - Haaretz

"One of Geldman's poetic characteristics is the arc of his cultural associations and sensibilities, an arc that extends from East to West, and is quite rare in the Israeli literary landscape . . . The sensual and cultural richness, the fine musicality, the originality of observation, and the thematic singularity combine to make Geldman's work an important and beautiful treasure in contemporary Hebrew poetry." - Rina Litvin

"[Geldman's] reach is perhaps not surprising for a psychoanalyst confronted professionally and temperamentally with the inner as well as outer manifestations of human experience. Readers come away with an impression of the poet as uomo universale, a genuinely Renaissance personality, conversant with Greek mythology, world and Jewish history, Chinese culture, the fine arts, flora and fauna, and the expanses of literary imagination." - Stanley F. Chyet and Warren Bargad, No Sign of Ceasefire: An Anthology of Contemporary Israeli Poetry

"These are the poems of a wise man, incessantly plagued by epistemological questions." - Yedioth Ahronoth

"Mordechai Geldman's Years I Walked at Your Side . . . reveals a poet at the height of his creative powers, and places him among the great poets of Hebrew poetry. His poems are meditative, sensual, autobiographical; and always the sudden splash of color, surprising in its simplicity, and affecting us deeply." - Maariv

"Geldman is one of the very few Hebrew poets who have so boldly embraced the sensual while dealing with the materialistic notions of self and universe." - TimeOut

"Linguistically and rhythmically reserved, Geldman's poems achieve a fine balance between the emotional and experiencing self, and the philosophical/metaphysical meanings they invoke." - Moznaim

"Reading Geldman's Years I Walked at Your Side allows the reader to follow the great transformations in the work of one of our most important poets." - Israel Today

"Geldman creates a complete and coherent poetic universe, a kind of laboratory where the self investigates itself, its consciousness, and its dialectical relationship with the world. Geldman's poems are direct and uncompromising, taking on the large themes that have been central to philosophy and art from time immemorial." - Davar

"Geldman possesses remarkable linguistic and creative abilities. His poems exhibit beauty and depth, investigating the private self as well as the universal, while devoid of all prejudice or preconception. The clarity and virtuosity of his language, its musicality, grant a classicist dimension to his natural nonconformism, as he engages the darker corners of human existence." - Uzi Shavit

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