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Continuing the high standards of the JPS Jewish Poetry Series, this volume presents poems that have become twentieth-century classics. Included are eighty poems printed in English and Hebrew on facing pages.

By Way of a Preface Gabriel the rain- lover sits in a cafe thinking of the poem hes going to write, if not today, tomorrow. ( Rain Poem) This is, in many ways, a typical Preil opening: self- indulgent, gently ironic, detached, relaxed, tentative, playful. The subject, as in many of his poems, is the poem itself. The reader soon learns, however, that besides being the subject, it is also the end result. He is invited to overhear the poet coax the poem into being, as he takes up  the chal-lenge of the lucid page. The poem continues: A poem, however, is not to be coerced ( if one may use slightly didactic language) to come like tomorrows, like yesterdays, arguing and bargaining with a clock running down, a thermometer running wild. It would be a mistake to take his languid tone for drowsiness. He drowses like the proverbial Hebrew deer, with  one eye shut, the other open. He is capable simultaneously of daydreaming and of observing the daydream. He achieves a precarious balance, allowing just so much of the  thermometer running wild to enter the poem, counterbalanc-ing it with the paradox of inverted time, of inevitable  yesterdays. The poem is conscious of what it is saying, of how it is saying it. In a sense, it seems to be deliberating, from line to line, how to proceed. At the same time, it is conscious also of other modes of expression, of other possible ways to put down on paper what is actually said. One of the many pleasures of Gabriel Preils poetry is the degree of alertness it summons— or perhaps invites— from the reader. Indeed, it is a special brand of didacticism that can speak of negotiating with time and illness. What a beautiful leap from the nearly apologetic, ca-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C This Scholar PDF version is for use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. Printed editions of this book may be available at www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterSUNSET POSSIBILITIES AND OTHER POEMSOther books in JEWISH POETRY SERIES CopyrightAcknowledgmentsContents ( for Hebrew original)Contents (for English translation)By Way of a PrefaceIntroductionNEW POEMSWith Walter and AmatiThe Calm PatientIn a BookshopTelephone SilenceI Am Not in New YorkRobot in AutumnCOURTEOUS TO MYSELFA Sober ChallengeRain PoemFordham: Late SummerA Pear, for InstanceRecordCourteous to MyselfA Brief Note from JerusalemA Lesson in TranslationTo Jerusalem YesBeyond Sleep and WakingLimits of Vision The scent of pines and yearning . . . New DiagnosesOpening to the LightExposureOn the Season's Text and on Its MarginaliaSunsetA Little Inquiring PoemPOEMS FROM END TO ENDAnother TimeFrom a Late DiaryA Future without a PerhapsA Celebration beyond ThingsA Little Research in SnowSunset PossibilitiesLittle Spring NoteRomantic ReminderVarieties of SadnessLectureThe Eternal PresentArrivingOF TIME AND PLACEFrom Jerusalem: A First PoemJerusalem MoonLeak's* AbsenceMovingFrom an Autumnal Brief-CaseAbstract AfternoonA Long Breath, A Solitary GardenFIRE AND SILENCEBrief MorningClouds, Lightning of the SeaFrom Noon to Little EveningFrom Lincoln Center: Words on the Henry Moore SculptureNuances of BrownThe First TimeBlood and RainNew York: February 1965Van Gogh: WilliamsburgA Somewhat Clouded StudyPigeon FeedersUnexpected HopeMadeleine and NetsImage of a Friend against TimeUnder the Sign of Appeasement and RainCoruscations against NowMAP OF EVENINGThe Tired HunterBetween Childhood and KingdomSpring Lines: 1959On Heat and ColdUnusual CalmWords of Oblivion and PeaceSketch of the VoyagerSkin after SkinBetween Rain and RainA Small, Proud AutumnFrom Rains on the IslandLakesThe Evening FleshClock Facing MirrorFrom Regarding the Month of April and the Expiring HourConcerning the Cherry TreeFrom New York: On the Wheel of SummerCANDLE AGAINST THE STARS (1954) Night. And I am drinking . . . From Maine LandscapesHow Shall I Praise
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