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That Which I Thought Shadow Is the Real Body

Shimon Adaf
Shimon Adaf's image of a poet steeped in Western culture changed with this second book of poetry, where the center of gravity shifts to the local. The poet’s own life is more explicit, but it also undergoes a mythologizing process.
This collection has a complex, carefully planned structure through which Adaf engages in soul-searching and clarifies his complex attitude toward his childhood and adolescence, and towards his hometown Sderot, an outlying town in the Negev desert.

Adaf is the most interesting poet to have sprung up here in a long time.

Shimon Adaf’s poetry speaks lightly but with virtuosity, its language is complex but not forced, and wears its ornaments like a light and flowing garment... Beautiful, moving, and sounds like spoken music.

We are stunned by Adaf’s language: spoken, flexible, new, edgy Hebrew, laden with the sounds of biblical language, yet also Israeli… This is a wonderful poet.
Zman Tel Aviv

Title That Which I Thought Shadow Is the Real Body
Author’s Last Name Adaf
Author's First Name Shimon
Genre poetry
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2002
No. Pages 76 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ma She-Chashavti Tzel Hu Ha-Guf Ha-Amiti
Representation Represented by ITHL


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