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All the Poems Till Now

Dahlia Ravikovitch

Dahlia Ravikovich is one of the most important poets in modern Hebrew literature. Since the appearance of her exceptionally well-received first collection of poems in 1959, she has maintained her unique status in Hebrew poetry. Every new collection of her poems is an eagerly awaited event. From the start of her writing career she has been identified with the revolution in Israeli poetry which occurred in the 1950s, and her name has been mentioned together with Yehuda Amichai, Natan Zach, and David Avidan. Ravikovitch is nonetheless different, particularly in her poetic language, which is eloquent and exuberant, and rich with Biblical citations. Her language expresses the poet's repugnance with everyday matters and her longing for wonderful, distant worlds that convey beauty, infinite liberty and a happiness unattainable in daily life. The imagination plays a central role in her poetry, thanks to its power to carry the speaker to exotic destinations and different times, both historically and literarily, inspired by mythology and legend. Many of these elements appear in Ravikovitch's later works, although to a lesser extent. In more recent writings, her language is every-day, and mundane details are worthy of her poetic efforts. The significant female character in her works is romantic, passionate, ever yearning for the perfect love. But this love is also painful and destructive, with pleasures bordering on the masochistic. Her poetry always expresses a tremendous, frustrating gap between her very limited power and her feelings of denial and deprivation and her ambitions and impossible dreams, which she rarely touches on. The capriciousness and childishness characteristic of Ravikovitch's early volumes of poetry is less present in her later works. These are replaced by feelings of maternal responsibility, both in her biographical poems and in her political poems. In her political poem's, Ravikovitch breaks away from the sphere of the ego and cries the cry of the weak, of the children and the women on the "other" side with a power unequaled in Hebrew poetry.

The libation that Dahlia Ravikovitch pours is of sparkling purity and lyric freshness. Her song is both ancient and new, and it is unutterably poignant.
Stanley Kunitz 

She is a poet of wit, severe and costly, and this saves her, at least in her poems... Her language bristles with sharpness... To read these poems is to see the whole world pressed into one imperiled being, and then, through the calming maneuvers of imagination, to watch that being glide past its own squalor and smallness.
Irving Howe, New Republic




Ravikovitch’s poetry creates new music: biblical resonances in an absolutely modern Hebrew. This blazing glory never fades. Inhabited by a deep melancholy, Ravikovitch succeeds to tear off radiant moments of happiness. 

Les mondes les Livres


Engaging and intimate, her poetry is a sumptuous cry of desire and agony against the race of time. 

Selected Poems
Title All the Poens Till Now
Author’s Last Name Ravikovitch
Author's First Name Dahlia
Language(s) English, Swedish
Genre poetry
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1995
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Kol Ha-Shirim Ad Ko


"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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