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Ronny Someck

Ronny Someck was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1951, and arrived in Israel two years later. He studied Hebrew literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University and drawing at the Avni Academy of Art. He teaches literature, holds writing workshops and also works as a counselor with street gangs.
A leading Israeli poet, Someck's publications include many books of poetry and books for children which he co-authored with his daughter, Shirly. In 1997, he made a CD, Revenge of the Stuttering Child, with musician Elliot Sharp in New York. In 1998, Someck and artist Benny Efrat held a joint exhibition entitled "Nature's Factory" at the Israel Museum. In 2004, he held two exhibitions - "Comrade Bialik" and "Rabbi Yehuda Halevi - Real Madrid. Someck has received the ACUM Special Jubilee Prize (1987), the Prime Minister's Prize twice (1989, 2000), the Efrat Prize (1999), the Ahi Prize (1999), the Amichai Prize for Poetry (2005), the "Wine Poetry" Award (Struga, Macedonia, 2005), the Hans Berghuis Poetry Prize (Holland, 2006) and the Arik Einstein Prize (2017). He was also decorated as Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2013).  

Y. asks my daughter to go steady. She's nine and half years old.
He's two months older. That's the combined age
in whose honor a poet like Jacques Prévert dimmed the lights of Paris.
But here, in Ramat Gan, the batteries barely suffice
for the back of a firefly shedding light on hearts
scribbled in the margins of a torn page.
So here you are, Innocence, a bag of sugar ripped open
and sprinkled on stolen dough to knead
with sticky fingers a cake
that sweetens a new shelf
in the pastry-shop of the body. 
                                                        Trans. Gabriel Levin

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Books Published in Hebrew

Exile, Massada, 1976 [Goleh]
Solo, Massada, 1980 [Solo]
Asphalt, Massada, 1984 [Asfalt]
Seven Lines on the Wonder of the Yarkon, Opatowsky/Tel Aviv Foundation [7 Shurot Al Pele Ha-Yarkon]
Panther, Zmora-Bitan, 1989 [Bardales]
Bloody Mary, Zmora-Bitan, 1994 [Bloody Mary]
Rice Paradise, Zmora-Bitan, 1996 [Gan Eden Le-Orez]
The Revolution Drummer (poetry), Zmora-Bitan, 2001 [Ha-Metofef Shel Ha-Maapecha]
The Milk Underground, Zmora-Bitan, 2005 [Machteret Ha-Chalav]
Algeria, Zmora-Bitan, 2009 [Aljir]
Horse Power, Zmora-Bitan, 2013 [Koʹach Sus]
Revenge of the Stuttering Child, Zmora-Bitan, 2017 [Nikmat Ha-Yeled Ha-Megamgem: Mivchar Va-Chadashim (1997-2017)]
The Laughter Button [with Shirly Someck] (children-picture bk) , Zmora-Bitan, 1998 [Kaftor Ha-Tzhok]
Monkey Tough, Monkey Bluff [with Shirly Someck] (children-picture bk), Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Ha-Kof Shlof Ve-Ha-Kof Blof]

Books in Translation

Albanian: Tirane, Geer, 2006

Selected Poems
Arabic: Jerusalem, Ministry of Science & the Arts, 1995
Arabic: Paris, Al-Janaby, 1996
Arabic: Mantsura, Egypt, Ebn Lokman Pubs, 2010
Albanian: Tirana, Uk Zenel Bucpapa, 2001
Catalan: Barcelona, Proa, 2006
Croatian: Zagreb, Croatian P.E.N. Center/Croatian Writers Society, 2008
Danish: Copenhagen, Goldberg & Mo, 2010
Dutch (Blues van de derde zoen): Maastricht, Azul Press, 2010
Dutch (De blauwe ijsblok bevroren in zijn ogen): Maastricht, Azul Press, 2010  
Dutch: Maastricht, Azul Press, 2012
English: Milwaukee, UWM Center for Jewish Studies, 1999
English: Madison, Wisc., Univ. of Wisconsin Press & Dryad Press, 2002
German: Vienna, Judisches Museum Wien, 1997
German: Landgraaf, Azul Press, 2012
French (with Abdul Kader El Janabi): Paris, Stavit, 1998
French: Luxembourg, Ed. PHI, 2008
Italian: Naples, Il Laboratorio, 2001
Italian: Milano, Il ragazzo innocuo, 2005
Italian: Messina, Mesogea, 2008
Macedonian & English: Skopje, Blesok, 2005
Macedonian: Skopje, Blesok, 2011
Nepali: Katmandu, White Lotus, 2009
São Paulo, Brazil, Annablume, 2012
Portuguese: São Paulo, Brazil, Annablume, 2015

Russian: Moscow, Argo-Risk, 2014

Spanish: Buenos Aires, Leviatan, 2013 
Turkish: Istanbul, Siirden Yayincilik, 2014
Yiddish/Hebrew: Tel-Aviv, Levick, 2008
French/Hebrew: Paris, Bruno Doucey, 2017 

Ronny Someck & Tamir Greenberg: Selected Poems
Catalan: Barcelona, Proa, 2000

Ronny Someck & Salah Al Hamdani: Bagdad Jérusalem
Trilingual Arabic, Hebrew, French: Paris, Bruno Doucey, 2012

Ronny Someck & Salah Al Hamdani: Two Children of Bagdad

French: Paris, Les Arènes, 2015

The Milk Underground

English: Buffalo, NY, White Pine Press, 2015

Yehuda Amichai & Ronny Someck: 24 Love Poems

French: Montpellier, Levant, 2016 

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