Gabriel Levin’s Essay on Robert Friend’s work


Edward Field’s Essay on Robert Friend


Anthony Rudolf’s Obituary and Tribute


Robert Friend’s poetry


Photos of Robert Friend


Feature of Friend’s work in a previous issue


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


Robert Friend’s translations. Copyright © Jean Shapiro Cantu


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)