POETRY BANDIT TIME! Computer-whiz/poet-whiz, Felix Jung, is reading SELECTED POEMS OF YEHUDA AMACHAI.
Felix goes on to say: “I first came across Yehuda Amichai’s poetry in an MFA workshop, many years ago, where I read “The Diameter of the Bomb” for the first time. The sheer scope and movement of that poem (moving from the minute to the universal), along with its final lines took my breath away.
Recently, as I was looking for that poem again
, I pulled out this collection of his selected work. I’m always amazed by how many pages I’ve dog-eared over the years (and in a few instances, I’ve employed a lesser-used strategy of dog-earing pages when I like something on both sides of the same page).
Despite the librarian in me, who quietly suggests I use the index or table of contents, I generally prefer flipping from page to page… stopping to revisit the poems I once marked for my future self. Whenever I open this collection in search of a specific poem, I invariably get pulled in and lose my original agenda.
I do eventually find what I’m looking for but it ends up being a different path each time, with familiar markers along the way.”
ps. You’ll want to stay a bit longer and dig around on Felix’s incredible website. All kinds of goodies await you there! Go on!