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My Little Sister and Selected Poems 1965-1985

The title sequence is justly famous as one of the major pieces of literature to come out of the Holocaust. It appears here with a new selection of Abba Kovner’s work spanning his forty-plus years as one of Israel’s leading poets. The noted American-Israeli poet Shirley Kaufman had the privilege of working directly with Kovner on these versions in the years before his death.

163 pages | 5 1/4 x 7 3/4


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments • Introduction • from FROM ALL THE LOVES • They Build Houses in Ein Hahoresh • What’s Not in the Heart • Give a Sign • Lord of Hosts • Near • When I First Hung It • Drowned • Everyone Who Comes • Two Are Not Always Better • The Scientists Are Wrong • MY LITTLE SISTER • from A CANOPY IN THE DESERT • Eighth Gate: A Pause at the Foot of the Mountain • Twelfth Gate: A Farewell Song... • from OBSERVATIONS • And How They Rise • Observation at Dawn • Observation at the End of a Journey • On the Way • Observation on Jerusalem at Twilight • There’s No One Without a Clock • I Don’t Know If Mt. Zion Ecclesiastes, Rabbi Ibn Ezra and Zimmel the Beggar • Forbidden Observation • This Way, This Way • from TO • To Myself • Potato Pie • And There You Were • Changing the Order • UNCOLLECTED • Last Storm • Falling Rocks • Notes

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