Hebrew Poetry Study at Temple Micah

Temple Micah (Washington, DC) has a Hebrew Poetry Group, which began reading and discussing poems of Yehuda Amichai in 2004. Amichai continues to be a strong focus in the group, but topics also include other Hebrew poets, Hebrew language, translation, and poetry more generally. Those in the area are welcome to join the discussion which follows services, twice each month (generally 1st and 3rd Saturdays; website lists schedule). Readers everywhere are invited to read and comment on Amichai-related postings here.

Our earliest readings were from Patuach Sagur Patuach [Open Closed Open], Amichai’s last published work. It is available in in Hebrew (Tel Aviv: Schocken, 1998) and in English (NY: Harcourt, 2000; Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, translators; available in hardcover and trade paper). No bilingual edition is available (yet). The group is currently exploring earlier poems — some found in The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, edited by Robert Alter. (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), and some in Yehuda Amichai: A Life in Poetry, 1948-1994, translated by Benjamin & Barbara Harshav (NY: Harper Collins, 1994).

We are also reading Rivka Miriam and other poets.

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