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Bridging the Divide
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Bridging the Divide
The Selected Poems of Hava Pinhas-Cohen, Bilingual Edition
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Raised in a Ladino-speaking family of Bulgarian Jewish immigrants, Pinhas-
Cohen fuses the ancient Sephardic chant of her childhood with the contemporary
rhythm of Israeli life. This singular talent for bridging the ancient and the
modern sets her apart from most other Hebrew poets of her generation. Secular
in style and spirit, yet rooted in the life cycle of religious Judaism, Pinhas-
Cohen's poems portray everyday life in modern Israel through a sacred yet
personal language. Awarded the coveted Prime Minister's Prize for her poetry,
Pinhas-Cohen is a poet whose verse in English translation is long overdue. This
bilingual collection offers readers a careful selection of poems from each of her
seven published volumes. Hart-Green has worked closely with the poet herself
on these translations, several of which have appeared in journals such as the
Jewish Quarterly and the Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. Her lively translations
display the dazzling breadth and depth of Pinhas-Cohen's oeuvre, making
Bridging the Divide not only the first but the definitive English-language edition
of this vital Hebrew poet's work.

Raised in a Ladino-speaking family of Bulgarian Jewish immigrants, Pinhas-
Cohen fuses the ancient Sephardic chant of her childhood with the contemporary
rhythm of Israeli life. This singular talent for bridging the ancient and the
modern sets her apart from most other Hebrew poets of her generation. Secular
in style and spirit, yet rooted in the life cycle of religious Judaism, Pinhas-
Cohen's poems portray everyday life in modern Israel through a sacred yet
personal language. Awarded the coveted Prime Minister's Prize for her poetry,
Pinhas-Cohen is a poet whose verse in English translation is long overdue. This
bilingual collection offers readers a careful selection of poems from each of her
seven published volumes. Hart-Green has worked closely with the poet herself
on these translations, several of which have appeared in journals such as the
Jewish Quarterly and the Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. Her lively translations
display the dazzling breadth and depth of Pinhas-Cohen's oeuvre, making
Bridging the Divide not only the first but the definitive English-language edition
of this vital Hebrew poet's work.

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  • Ofra Yeglin, Emory University Sharon Hart-Green's translation is to be commended for providing English readers long overdue access to Pinhas-Cohen's prominent work.
  • Naomi Sokoloff, professor, University of Washington

    I am delighted that the poems of major Israeli poet Hava Pinhas-Cohen have been
    translated into English. These translations are of the highest quality; they capture
    both the simplicity and the rich imagery of the originals.

  • Michael P. Kramer, Bar-Ilan University The poetry of Hava Pinhas Cohen inhabits a lush imaginative terrain where the texts and myths of Jewish tradition and the mundane world of diaper changes and breastfeeding mingle and give meaning to one another, where a yearning for spiritual transcendence winds through the sheer physicality of sexual desire, where past and present embrace, and grief and loneliness and longing and love walk arm in arm. In this superb bi-lingual collection, Sharon Hart-Green takes on the challenges of the poet's resonant Hebrew with judicious restraint, offering translations that stand in elegant simplicity beside the Hebrew originals—all in all, a welcome introduction to an important contemporary Israeli poet.
  • Ilana Szobel, associate professor, Brandeis University

    Bridging the Divide exposes English speakers to the rich oeuvre
    of the Jewish Israeli poet Hava Pinhas-Cohen, one of the most
    vivid and creative voices in current Israeli literature. Comprehensive
    and wonderfully translated, this collection is a spiritual and
    intellectual gift for lovers of poetry.

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