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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.

Acknowledgments I should like, first of all, to express my gratitude to my dear Aunt Yetta, whose love of Zion and the Hebrew language had among its happy consequences my discovery of the poetry of Israel. My gratitude goes out as well to friends who helped make these translations better than they otherwise would have been: to Shirley Kaufman, who gave the manuscript a close, professional reading and made a number of valuable suggestions; to T. Carmi, who first intro-duced me to Gabriel Preils haunted and haunting autumn world; and to Peter Krieger and Ruth Nevo. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Shimon Sandbank, who self-lessly and with endless patience gave of his time and knowledge: com-ing to my rescue with many prose translations, saving me from embarrassing errors, and often finding ingenious solutions to what seemed insoluble problems. I also owe to him and to Zali Gurevitch whatever is of value in my discussion ( in my Introduction) of Preils unique use of the Hebrew language. What I owe to the late Laya Beth- Shalom cannot be put into words. She presided like a muse over everything I wrote, offering with her warm intelligence constant encouragement and creative criticism. R. F. 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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