And I said to myself: Everyone is attached to his own lament
as to a parachute. Slowly he descends and slowly hovers
until he touches the hard place.
– Yehuda Amichai
May 3, is the birth date of the most widely translated Hebrew poet, Yehuda Amichai. A poet who combined accessibility with a distinctly modernist voice; Amichai’s words go off inside you like a depth charge, sinking deep before their full weight is felt.
Ted Hughes described Amichai as:
a dazzlingly gifted poet, telling of real things he has lived and felt, in a poetry that seems the natural speech of people who speak of such things candidly, humorously, generously.
Today would have marked his 86th birthday, so if you have not yet felt the power of Amichai’s poetry, today is a good day to take the leap.
Here’s a few links to help you on your way…