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Ory Bernstein

Ory Bernstein (1936-2017) was born in Tel Aviv. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and served as an attorney in the IDF. After working in the private sector, he was CEO of one of Israel's largest corporations for 23 years, and later practiced law in Tel Aviv. Bernstein was co-editor of the literary journal Yochani together with Natan Zach, a guest lecturer in creative writing at Tel Aviv University and a professor of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He also served as chairman of the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature.
Bernstein published many volumes of poetry, a novel, a collection of prose poems, two collections of essays, a travel book and two books for children. He translated English, French and Italian poetry into Hebrew, including Rimbaud's Une Saison en Enfer and a collection of Yeats' poetry. His own poetry has been translated into 15 languages. Bernstein received the Yehuda Amichai Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.


Sudden flight

I sent you away in planes,
like a stone thrown up by a child,
all curled up, frightened, in your coat,
high above the houses and the lakes. Your face,
baying and abandoned, shadowed
by the edge of a pillow,
is circled by a void.

I sent you away and stayed behind
to do the nasty chores of loneliness:
training myself not to look in the mirror, to hurry
through another day, to bring package
after package home so as to establish
the pretense of survival.

And all this while you fly over us in doubtful contrivances,
going around and around,
refusing to land.





Ory Bernstein

Books Published in Hebrew

POETRY
Spring and Its Intent, Adi, 1955 [Aviv Ve-Shivro]
Same Room, Same Light, Yochani, 1962 [Be-Oto Ha-Cheder, Be-Oto Ha-Or]
In a Short Season, Schocken, 1967 [Be-Ona Ktzara]
All Are Lonely Deeds, University Publishing Projects/ Siman Kriah, 1974 [Kulam Maʹasim Bodedim: Shirim 1967-1973]
An Evening with Sue, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [Erev Im Sue]
Middle Ground, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1979 [Emek Ha-Shaveh]
With Death, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1982 [Im Mavet]
Selected Poems: 1962-1982, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1986 [Shirim Nivcharim: 1962-1982]
Remains, Am Oved, 1987 [Ma She-Nishʹar, Ma She-Lo]
A Private Matter, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1992 [Inyan Prati]
Hinneh: Poetry Collection No. 5, Tag, May 1995 [Hineh: Kuntres Le-Shira 5]
A Time of Others, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1996 [Zman Shel Acherim: Shirim 1987-1995]
A New Place, Keshev, 2000 [Min Ha-Makom He-Chadash]
A One and Only Love, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Al Ahava Achat Vi-Yechida]
Poems: 1962-2002, Bialik Institute, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Shirim: 1962-2002]
The Patriarch Abraham in New York, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2006 [Avraham Avinu Bi-New York]
The Romantic Book, Keshev, 2007 [Ha-Sefer Ha-Romanti]
A Passing World, Am Oved, 2007 [Olam Over]
The Tiresias Fragments, Even Hoshen, 2010 [Masa Tiresias]
Poems for Solo Piano: 2007-2009, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2011 [Shirim Li-Fsanter Yachid: 2007-2009]
Private Mythologies, Keshev, 2012 [Mitologyot Pratiyot]
The Long Memory of Love, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2013 [Ha-Zikaron Ha-Aroch Shel Ha-Ahava]
Someone, Keshev, 2014 [Mi She-Hu]
Face of the Days: Poems 2012-2014, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2016 [Pnei Ha-Yamim]
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PROSE
Opposite Flowing Water (prose poetry), Adi, 1959 [Ha-Mayim Ha-Holchim Mi-Neged]
Animals on the Way (travel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1991 [Chayot Al Ha-Derech]
A Practice Among Friends (Essays on Poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1998 [Isuk Bein Chaverim]
A Dubious Life (novel) , Keter, 2002 [Safek Chayim]
On the Poetic Persona (Essays on Poetry), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2008 [Al Ha-Persona U-Frakim Acherim Al Ha-Shira]
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CHILDREN & YOUTH
A Nice Boy (youth) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1981 [Yeled Tov]
Adventures in Green (children), Dvir, 1990 [Harpatkaʹot Yerukot]

Books in Translation

Selected Poems
Serbian: Belgrade, Meridijani, 2006
French: Paris, Caracteres, 2009
English: Oakville, Ontario, Mosaic Press, 2014 (in: Kaleidoscope: Three Poets from Israel)

 
NEWS
Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

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Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
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The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
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Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
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Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: http://www.netanyaaaci.org.il/WebPages/BoxOfficePages/lectures2.htm And for more details about the title click here: http://www.ithl.org.il/page_15644
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ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
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Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
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Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
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Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
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Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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