Gabriel Levins Essay on Robert Friends work
Edward Fields Essay on Robert Friend
Anthony Rudolfs Obituary and Tribute
Robert Friends poetry
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Robert Friends translations.
Copyright © Jean Shapiro Cantu
By Dan Pagis (1930-1986)
Translated by Robert Friend
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
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)