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Harold Schimmel Pt.2, Talk



In Close Listening program two on Harold Schimmel, he talks about his decision to write in Hebrew -- a language he hardly knew -- after moving to Israel/Palestine in his late 20s; the innovative nature of his disfluent Hebrew and its echoes of American poetry, especially Zukofsky and Olson; his work translating his poem "1860" with Guy Davenport, who had given him a copy of Zukofsky's 80 Flowers to which the poem responds; his friendship with Edwin Denby and his circle, his meeting and lifelong friendship with New York artist George Schneeman; his relation of other Hebrew poets; and the question of identity in his work.

The programs were recorded in Harold Schimmel's Jerusalem apartment and co-produced by Ariel Resnikoff and Charles Bernstein for Clocktower Radio and PennSound.

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Harold Schimmel was born in 1935 in BayonneNew Jersey and attended Cornell University before immigrating to Israel in 1962, where he started to write in his adopted language, Hebrew. He lives in Jerusalem

Schimmel has translated Hebrew poets Uri Zvi Greenberg, Avot Yeshurun and Yehuda Amichai. His first book, First Poems, came out in 1962 and was in English


 

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