Stylistically and intellectually Shabtai is a poet of the first rank…. Cole’s versions are vivid poems in their own right.

Antioch Review

A rich, far-ranging, powerful selection of a lifetime’s work by the Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai, one of the most exciting writers working in Hebrew today (Ha’aretz).

War & Love, Love & War

Poetry by Aharon Shabtai

Translated from the Hebrew by Peter Cole

War & Love, Love & War presents a poetic biography of one of Israel’s living literary masters, an artist whom the National Book Award-winner C. K. Williams has called “one of the most exciting poets writing anywhere, and certainly the most audacious.” The book moves from shockingly potent political poems to love lyrics that are as explosive and sometimes bawdy as they are tender; from early and stirring inventories of kibbutz life to a radically inventive midrash on (and paean to) the career and character of the Israeli right-wing leader Menachem Begin; from passion for justice to passion for a deeply mourned wife. At the end of it all is a prose ars poetica in which Shabtai discusses the method behind his marvelous madness. Peter Cole’s powerful translation displays the full and astonishing range of Aharon Shabtai’s oeuvre in a single volume for the first time in English.

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Paperback (published October 29, 2010)

ISBN
9780811218900
Price US
15.95
Price CN
20
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
144

Aharon Shabtai

Contemporary Israeli poet and translator

Stylistically and intellectually Shabtai is a poet of the first rank…. Cole’s versions are vivid poems in their own right.

Antioch Review

Shabtai’s poems have a wonderful almost vertiginous energy, an enormous erudition, and a startling, finally inspiring candor. Brilliantly translated by Peter Cole.

—C. K. Williams