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Gabriel Levin’s Essay on Robert Friend’s work

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Edward Field’s Essay on Robert Friend

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Anthony Rudolf’s Obituary and Tribute

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Robert Friend’s poetry

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Photos of Robert Friend

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Feature of Friend’s work in a previous issue

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Robert Friend’s essay on Translating Rachel at www.poetryinternationalweb.net

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Robert Friend’s translations. Copyright © Jean Shapiro Cantu
jeanshapirocantu@gmail.com

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Contributor Notes





By Dan Pagis (1930-1986)

Translated by Robert Friend

 

 

 

Ein Leben

 

The month she died,

she is standing at her window,

a young woman wth an elegant permanent

in a brown photograph

pensively looking otside.

 

Outside, an afternoon cloud of 1934

is gazing at her—blurred, unfocused,

but faithful to her forever.  Inside,

the someone looking at her is me,

almost four years old,

 

stopping my ball in air,

slowing stepping out of the photograph

and growing old, growing old

carefully, quietly,

so as not to startle her.

 

 

From Found in Translation: Modern Hebrew Poets, a Bilingual Edition

Selected and with an Introduction by Gabriel Levin.

(The Toby Press, 2006)