Also in this issue, Karen's translations of

Naim Araidi

Schulamith Halevy

Michel Haddad

Yehuda Amichai

Shaul Carmel


Other translations by Karen Alkalay-Gut in previous issues:

Yehuda Amichai
Miriam Baruch Chalfi
Raquel Chalfi
Yaffa Zins
Iris Le'al
Leah Rudnitsky
Ben Zion Tomer

Poems by Karen in Spring 2000


A previous feature on Karen's book
In My Skin


Karen's website

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Asher Reich Asher Reich

Translated by Karen Alkalay-Gut

Words for a Photograph

This is my beloved.
The one on her right
is her brother who fell in Lebanon.

The one on the left
is her lover
before I came
into the picture.

She holds onto them tight
as if she knew she will lose them both.
From the side, the mother looks at them.
Her face looks like a browned cake
that time baked on too high a flame.