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Mordechai Geldman

Mordechai Geldman was born in Germany in 1946 but has lived in Tel Aviv since the age of three. He began publishing poetry in 1966. Geldman has a BA in general literature and an MA in clinical psychology; he works as a psychotherapist. He is also an artist and photographer, as well as a curator of Israeli art. Geldman is the author of several volumes of poetry as well as of psychoanalytic literary theory; he also writes articles and art criticism for the Israeli press. Geldman has received the Chomsky Prize for Poetry (1983), the Prime Minister's Prize (1996), the Brenner Prize (1998), the Amichai Prize for Poetry (2005) and the Bialik Prize (2010).

At Your Side

Years I walked at your side
barefoot naked and bare
like our prophet Isaiah
and I will put on no garments
until you see me
until you recognize someone
one person
at least
and so get to know yourself as well
no need for you to come
to a Jerusalem submerged
in the depths of the ocean
I’d be content if you reached into your heart
the heart within your heart
I’d be content with innocence lost
with a white lamb
grazing in the brilliant green
of budding wheat 
                                            Trans. Tsipi Keller

Mordechai Geldman

Books Published in Hebrew

Sea Time, Land Time, Schocken, 1970 [Zman Ha-Yam U-Zman Ha-Yabasha]
Bird, Siman Kriah/ University Publishing Projects, 1975 [Tzipor]
Window, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1980 [Chalon]
66-83, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1983 [66-83]
Milano, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1988 [Milano]
Eye, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1993 [Ayin]
The Book of Ask, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1997 [Sefer Shʹal]
Time [poem & 9 etchings by Moshe Gershuni], Harel Printers & Pubs, 1997 [Zman: (Mitoch Sefer Ha-Meditatzyot)]
Mourning Songs [poem & silk screen printings by Pesach Slabosky], Harel Printers & Pubs, 2000 [Shirei Ha-Evel]
Oh My Dear Wall, Keshev, 2000 [Oh Kiri Yakiri]
The Heartʹs Poem, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2004 [Shir Ha-Lev]
Tamirʹs Poems [under pseudonym Daniel Kassif], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Shirei Tamir]
Years I Walked at Your Side: Selected Poems (poetry) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Bialik Institute, Vol. I: 2010; Vol. II: 2011 [Halachti Shanim Le-Tzidcha]
Becoming One, Keshev, 2013 [Torat Ha-Yichud]
Nightline, Keshev, 2015 [Kav Layla]
Neighbours and Other Perverts (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2014 [Shchenim Ve-Sotim Acherim]
Dark Mirror, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1995 [Marʹa Afela: Masot U-Maʹamarim]
Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1998 [Sifrut U-Psichoanaliza: Skira Bikortit]
Eats Fire, Drinks Fire: Psychoanalytic Perspectives: On E.A. Poe, U.Z. Grinberg & Shakespeare, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2002 [Ochel Esh, Shoteh Esh]
The True Self and the Self of Truth: Psychoanalytic and Other Perspectives, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2006 [Ha-Atzmi Ha-Amiti Ve-Atzmi-Ha-Emet: Heibetim Psychoanalitiyim Va-Acherim]
In the Silver Mirror: Bianca Eshel Gershuni : Selected Works, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2007 [Va-Yehi Be-Marʹat Ha-Kesef]

Books in Translation

English: New York, Suny Press, 2018
Becoming One
Portuguese: Cascais, Douda Correria, 2015
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