Poetry. Jewish Studies. Middle Eastern Studies. Religion & Spirituality. In WINGS, Israeli poet Amir Or's thirteenth book of poetry, transcendence is not a flight from the concrete intimacy of history and experience, but an opening within it, an interrogation of its baffling sweep, its beauty and its violence, that reveals, in the heart of unity, a profound multiplicity, the community of love, and the endless labor of birth. In these poems, we hear the sky speak with a music that seems to be wrought of hard roads, and vice versa: we see heaven and earth as shimmering mirages of each other, and the pilgrim's journey beyond time, towards liberation, as the secret heart of both.
This bilingual edition follows WINGS with an encore, the brief Basho-like sequence "Travelog," both translated by poet Seth Michelson. It also includes explanatory notes and an insightful critical afterword by the translator, and an interview with Amir Or by Nevena Milojević.
Seth Michelson has published sixteen books of original poetry and poetry in translation, and the bilingual-Spanish poetry anthology Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention, with all proceeds going to a legal defense fund for undocumented, incarcerated youth. Honors for his work include an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Mellon Foundation fellowship, and his work has been translated into Hindi, Italian, Malayalam, Slovenian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and other languages. He teaches the poetry of the hemispheric Americas at Washington and Lee University, where he founded and directs the Center for Poetic Research.
Amir Or is a leading Israeli poet, novelist and essayist. He is the recipient of numerous Israeli and international poetry awards, including the Pleiades Tribute of the Struga Poetry Festival for having made "a signi cant contribution to modern world poetry," the Fulbright Award for Writers, the Bernstein Prize, the Levi Eshkol Prime Minister's Poetry Prize, the Oeneumi Literary Prize of the Tetovo Poetry Festival, the Struga Wine Poetry Prize, the Stefan Mitrov Ljubisša International Award from The Budva City Theater, the European Atlas of Lyrics Prize, and the World Through Poetry Award of the Blue Met Montreal "for the exceptional depth and quality of his poetry." He also has been awarded prestigious fellowships from the University of Iowa, the Jewish-Hebrew Centre of the University of Oxford, Fondacioón Valparaiso Spain, Hawthornden Castle Scotland, and the Irish Heinrich Boöll Foundation, among others. His poetry has been translated into more than forty-five languages, and he has given readings and lectures in dozens of festivals and conferences worldwide. WINGS comprises his first full-length volume in U.S. English. He lives in Tel Aviv, where he founded the Sha'ar International Poetry Festival and served as its Artistic Director. He is also a founding member of the World Poetry Movement and of the European Association of Writing Programs, and he is National Coordinator for the U.N.-sponsored venture "Poets for Peace."Author City: Tel Aviv ISR