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Yaakov Besser

Yaakov Besser (1934-2006) was born in Poland. In 1940, he and his parents fled to Russia and then to the Ukraine to escape Nazi persecution. He came to Israel in 1950. In 1977, Besser founded the Israeli literary monthly Iton 77, and served as its editor until his death. In 1995, together with a group of writers, he founded the General Union of Writers in Israel and served as its first chairman. He also served as chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association.
Besser received the Prime Minister's Prize (1980), the Talpir Prize (1982), the Efrat Prize for Poetry (1986), and a Special Award from the Board of Directors of ACUM for  encouraging creativity in Israel (2005). 

Books Published in Hebrew   
Winter of Nineteen-Forty, Eked, 1965; 1968 [Choref Elef Tesha Me'ot Arba'im Ve...: Po'ema]
A Tangle of Roots, Eked, 1967 [Bi-Svach Ha-Shorashim]
Fragile Lead, Eked, 1968 [Oferet Shvura]
Poems of this Journey, Eked, 1969 [Shirim Ba-Halicha Ha-Zot]
Selected Poems, Eked, 1970 [Mi-Shirei Yaakov Besser]  
In Moments of Inevitable Retreat, Eked, 1971 [Be-Rega'im Shel Nesiga Bilti Nimna'at: 15 Shirim]            
Stoned Field, Sifriat Poalim, 1973 [Sadeh Skula]            
Worry, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1976 [De'aga]
Even if Not, Yachdav, The Hebrew Writers Association, 1979 [Gam Im Lo: Shirim 1976-1978]
Behind the Ruins: Poems 1961-1981, Sifriat Poalim, 1982 [Me-Achorei Ha-Harisot: Mivchar Shirim 1961-1981]            
They're Already Cleaning the Yard, Sifriat Poalim, 1986 [Mishehu Kvar Mekase'ach Et He-Chatzer]            
Fistheart, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1990 [Egroflev]            
My Mother's Face I Recognize, Gvanim, 1996 [Et Pnei Imi Ani Mezahe]
Your Moist Stomach, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001 [Bitnech Ha-Lacha]
Collected Poems: 1965-2006, Gvanim, 2006 [Hineh, Menashevet Ruach: Shirim 1965-2006]
Books in Translation            
Selected Poems  
Polish: Krakow, Wydawnictwo Miniatura, 1991


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