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Elaine Feinstein and Amir Or

Elaine Feinstein, Amir Or

03/03/2006 10:15 am
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Poet and translator Fiona Sampson chaired this session which took us into the worlds of two very special poets. Amir Or combines the mysteries of the spirit with the joys of the flesh, curious about mythology while carefully examining the Hebrew language.

Ted Hughes considered Elaine Feinstein ‘an extraordinarily fine poet. She has a sinewy, tenacious way of penetrating and exploring her subject that seems to me unique. There is nothing hit or miss, nothing for effect, nothing false. Reading her poems one feels cleansed and sharpened.’

Elaine Feinstein

Elaine Feinstein is a prize-winning poet, novelist, playwright, biographer and translator. She has written 15 novels and many plays for the radio and television. Her first novel was The Circle and her memoir is entitled It Goes with the Territory.

Amir Or

Amir Or has published seven books of poetry and several collections in translation (The Gospel of Thomas, An Anthology of Erotic Greek Poetryand Stories from the Mahabharata). He has initiated the Helicon Society for the Advancement of Poetry in Israel and is the director of its Hebrew-Arabic poetry school. He is the local coordinator for Poets for Peace, sponsored by the UN.

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson is an award-winning poet and translator. She has published ten books and been translated into 12 languages. She is a specialist of the literatures of post-communist Europe. She is Amir Or’s translator into English.