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Selected Poems

“Without cries of triumph or pain; with clarity, restraint and honesty, Hamutal Bar-Yosef has cleared her own path in Israeli poetry… On the one hand, a sense of life stamped into calamity, deficiency and vulnerability; on the other, a great lust for life…grasping at each everyday detail that holds some support or sustenance. [Yet] Bar-Yosef’s poetry reaches crystalline, pure moments of authentic equilibrium… With a musicality that fluctuates between grace and reticence, these poems bring the reader large and small bundles of life that are harsh and stormy, but also illuminated by the light of a sensitive, mature intelligence”.

Dan Miron, from the Afterword to Selected and New Poems by Hamutal Bar-Yosef, 2011

French/Arabic, Hungarian, Spanish
Title Selected Poems
Writer's Last Name Bar-Yosef
Writer's First Name Hamutal
Genre Poetry
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
No. Pages 352pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Hishtavut: Mivchar Shirim Yeshanim Va-Chadashim
  • “ Sensuous and sensual. Without a single superfluous word.”

  • “ I read – slowly, like sipping a strong liqueur – two or three poems each evening and marvel at the precision, the acuity, and the (rare) blend of warmth and irony. ”

    Author Amos Oz
  • “ Bar-Yosef writes passionately and wisely about the convergence of historical tragedy and personal suffering. ”