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Mordechai Geldman

Mordechai Geldman was born in Munich to Polish parents who had survived the Holocaust. His family immigrated to Israel in 1949 and settled in Tel Aviv, where he has lived ever since. Geldman studied World Literature and Clinical Psychology and works as a psychotherapist using psychoanalytical methods.

 

Geldman has begun publishing poetry in 1966. His poetry is philosophical, psychological, and existential. It combines literary Hebrew and everyday language, even some slang. His later poetry tends to be meditative and includes many haiku. He was influenced by Zen Buddhist aesthetics and philosophy. His poetry sings with many voices – lyrical, philosophical, sensual, erotic, religious, ironic and others. A sober mind integrates all these aspects of his personality.

He has published 18 poetrybooks, a book of short stories and 6 non-fiction books. A two-volume collection of poems from his books was published in 2011. His last poetry book is the third volume of the collection of his poetry written till 2019. His poems were translated into many languages, Chinese and Japanese included. His book "Becoming One" was translated into Portuguese ("Teoria Do Um"), and published in Portugal in 2017. A large collection of his poems in English was published in 2018 by Suny Press, State University of N.Y.

His non-fiction books deal with subjects as the self in psychoanalytic theories and in Yoga and Buddhism, psychoanalytic interpretation of literature, doubles, and symmetries in Shakespeare's plays, his favorite Israeli poets and artists, etc.

As a visual artist, Geldman has engaged in painting, ceramics, and photography. Geldman was an art critic for the Israeli daily Haaretz, and curated exhibitions for many Israeli artists.

Awards: the Prime Minister Prize; the Brenner Prize for literature; the Amichai Prize; the Bialik Prize for Literature.

 


Water


Narcissus didn’t fall in love with his image

but with water

for its divine mysterious ability to reflect his image

and the overhanging tree branches

and the ever changing skies

and the herds of drifting clouds

water has endowed those reflected

with magnificent doubles glowing as if anointed

and with holy moments of eternity

until dusk came and darkness


The charms of water so enthralled him

that he preferred the reflections over the reflected

every day he swam in the sky

among clouds among tree branches

his soul seeking to be like water

and like it to contain the entire cosmos

and become the form of many


His studies of reflections

initiated investigations that others pursued

even after he turned

into a flower a frog and a worm

perhaps even a tear or a puddle


From the investigations rose the foundations of our culture:

the looking-glass, painting, and the camera





Mordechai Geldman

Books Published in Hebrew

POETRY
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]
Years I Walked at your Side, 3rd volume. A collection from Geldman's poems written 2013-2019 (poetry) , Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Bialik Institute, 2019 [Halachti Shanim Le-Tzidcha]
Becoming One, Keshev, 2013 [Torat Ha-Yichud]
Nightline, Keshev, 2015 [Kav Layla]
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FICTION
Neighbours and Other Perverts (stories), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2014 [Shchenim Ve-Sotim Acherim]
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NON-FICTION
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]
Mirrors and Doubles: Shakespeare as a psychoanalyst (essays) , Keshev, 2019 [Mar'ot Ukfilim]

Books in Translation

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