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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.


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



Close Listening


Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.

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