Keys to the Garden : new Israeli
writing / edited by Ammiel Alcalay. -- San Francisco : City Lights Books, 1996.
This first anthology of twentieth-century
Israeli literature to feature the work of writers who were born in—or whose families
originated from—the Levant, Turkey, Iran, India, and Arab worlds represents twenty-four
authors whose concerns with cultural identity, race, class, gender, and political
allegiances place their work alongside today’s emerging rediscovered and reinvented
Arab, African, Indian, African-American, and Caribbean traditions.
Ilana Sugbaker Messika (pp. 221-231) Memories of an Indian Upbringing
Moshe Sartel (pp.
232-253) The Language of the Worlf :
an Interview with Moshe Sartel by Ammiel Alcalay Lamenting of the Birds
A Stone I Lay from Marble of Marmara
One Day We'll Be Other
Shlomo Avayou (pp.
254-260) Fleeting Thrill
Odalisque of the Levant : an Ode
Washerwoman under a Shady Tree
Mothers Whispering Incantations
From the Desert to the City via Home
You Have to Abandon Jerusalem
Erez Bitton (pp.
261-272) Families at a School for the Blind in Jerusalem
At a School for the Blind in Jerusalem
Emendation of the Aromas
Summary of a Conversation
Shopping Song on Dizengoff
Zohra al-Fasiya's Song
On the Earthquake in Agadir
Something on Madness
Parable for the Laying of the Foundation of the House
Amira Hess (pp. 273-285) There was a Time: an Interview with Amira Hess by Ammiel Alcalay
from And the Moon Drips Madness And as Far as What I Wanted Then Slake Him From We're Children of Atlantis
from The Information Eater
Lev Hakak (pp.
286-289) The History of Literature. Poets
Poem Contemplating Poets
Letter to Ibn Gabirol
Bracha Serri (pp.
290-295) I am the Daughter of Lot
The Nomad in Me
Jerusalem and San'a
To Hold the World
Yehezkel Kedmi (pp.
296-313) Making a Home for Poetry: an Interview with
Yehezkel Kedmi by Ammiel Alcalay
from Eastern Ewe: Sister, Pillar of the City
Not Equal to Them the Easterner ...
Day Blood - Night Blood
My People, Knowledge, and I
from Sodom, Gomorrah and Jerusalem
Shelley Elkayam (pp.
314-324) Writing: a Dialogue with the World : The Public and the Secret
Language of Literature Seven Stanzas to an Indian Chief
The Crusader Man
Vessel of Fragrance
The House Has to Have an Opening to the East
A Kind of Vague Yearning
Yes Indeed I'll Answer God
Ronny Someck (pp.
325-333) The First Law of the Jungle, a Poem Missing-in-action
And Her Husband Blurted Out — Buchenwald
In Answer to the Question, When Did Your Peace Begin?
Handcuffs, Street Poem
Self-Portrait from the Marines
The Girl and the Butcher’s Window
Seven Lines on the Miraculous Yarkon
Embroidered Rag — Poem on Umm Kulthoum
Street of the Welders. Wedding Singer
This is the Poem about the Young Woman Who Wanted Me to Write a Poem About
History’s Blowouts in the Valley of Yehoshephat
Jasmine—Poem on Sandpaper
(pp. 334-356) Fighting at the Borders Within : an interview with Tikva
Levi Fig from the ’67 Borders
To the Life of Plants on the Road
December ’86 by the Rivers of Babylon
The Extent of the Tragedy
We Live in Jessie Cohen
Poor Bertolt Brecht
Sami Shalom Chetrit (pp. 357-369) On the Way to ‘Ayn Harod
“And Thou Shalt Teach Them Diligently to Thy Children.”
A Night of Scuds
Who Is a Jew and What Kind of a Jew?
Hey Jeep, Hey Jeepv
At an Auditorium of a Local University