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The Drunken Boat ISSN: 1530-7646
Fall 2013/Winter 2014


They tell me I am going to die.
Why don’t I seem to care?
My cup is full. Let it spill

—from Dancing with a Tiger: Poems 1941-1998 by Robert Friend




IN THIS ISSUE:

James Cherry
Kimberly Mathes

Centenery Feature:

Robert Friend

Translations of:

Natan Alterman
Yehuda Amichai
Yocheved Bat-Miriam
Haim Nachman Bialik
Federico García Lorca
Leah Goldberg
Uri Zvi Greenberg
Dan Pagis
Gabriel Preil
Rachel
Rainer Maria Rilke
Arthur Rimbaud
Yisroel Shtern
Claude Vigée
David Vogel

Essays:

Edward Field
Gabriel Levin
Anthony Rudolf

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Previous Issues

Fall2012/Winter2013: An interview and chapbook from Scottish poet, Brian Johnstone. Collaborations from Andre Bagoo and Luis Vasquez La Roche, Laura Bell and Ian Ganassi, Kaaren Kitchell and Richard Beban. Translations of The Battle of Maldon by Marijane Osborn, Elisabeth Rynell by Rita Dahl, Judita Vaičiūnaitė by Rimas Uzgiris, Tomaž Šalamun by Michael Thomas Taren. A chapbook by Aimee A. Norton and reviews.


Spring/Summer 2012Fall/Winter 2011: Guest Editor, Melissa Buckheit, interviews Australian poet, Emma Jones, and Native American poet, Orlando White. A chapbook by Sueyeun Juliette Lee and Nicholas DeBoer, a Transmedia project by Jen Ofer, Hyptertropes of Paul Braffort by Amaranth Borsuk and Gabriela Jauregui, Adaptations by Kit Fryatt, and many other works.

Fall/Winter 2011: Interview and selection of poems with Gregory Orr, chapbooks by Melanie Braverman and Abayomi Animashaun, translation feature from the Polish of Mieczysław Jastrun by Dzvinia Orlowsky and Jeff Friedman.

Spring/Summer 2011:
Translation Issue, including Tedi López Mills, Kiki Dimoula, Sabina Naef, Nathalie Quintane,Yankev Glatshteyn (Jacob Glatstein), Ioulita Iliopoulou, Lêdo Ivo, Tautvyda Marcinkevičiūtė, Else Lasker-Schüler. David Leo García, and Sam Hamill.



Featured Interview

James Cherry

James Cherry

“If a poet is a witness and not a by-stander or spectator, which I believe, then there is no space that divides the personal and the global.  Poets don’t live or create in a vacuum.”

Interviewed by Kimberly Mathes.

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Cententary Feature:

Robert Friend

Robert Friend
November 25, 1913-January 12, 1998

“In the week of the death of Daniel Weissbort, who edited Modern Poetry in Translation for forty years and knew and published Robert Friend several times, I have been thinking fondly of the older writers I first met in the late 1960s. Among them was Robert. He was a remarkable mind, a gifted poet and translator, a loyal friend, and a generous host. He is well remembered. I am proud to have published five of his books.”
— Anthony Rudolf, Menard Press


Obituary: Robert Friend
“Robert Friend was an outstanding translator of modern Hebrew poets”
by Anthony Rudolf.


Critical praise
for the work of Robert Friend.

Robert Friend

Photo Album

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Essays


Editor’s Preface to
Dancing with a Tiger: Poems 1941-1998

“In Robert Friend’s work I respond to a teaching that is beyond the individual poem but is implicit in all of it as a devotion, not just to craft, but to self-examination. His refusal to trust easily - feelings, language, or ideas - is almost religious, and is the basis of the humour in many of his poems. Since there is no question of denying the erotic, the poems celebrate it, all the while exploring the bitter, exacting price.”
by Edward Field.



Epicure of Essence:
Robert Friend 1913-1998

“Friend’s sense of having a proper place, after thirty years in Jerusalem, seemed to translate itself into a greater openness in his life and work. Undoubtedly his willingness to speak and write about his own homosexuality was connected, as well, to changes occurring around the world in gay communities...”
by Gabiel Levin.


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Featured Chapbooks

A Selection of Poems

book cover of Dancing with a Tiger

by Robert Friend

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Robert Friend’s translations and poetry. Copyright © Jean Shapiro Cantu
Photos of Robert Friend. Courtesy of Jean Shapiro Cantu.

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