Award-winning Israeli poet, Rivka Miriam, makes her
English language debut in These Mountains, a collection of
selected poems that span her career, and display her deep emotional
connection to Jewish tradition, mysticism, and the Land of Israel.
In this dual Hebrew–English
edition, translated from the Hebrew by Linda Stern Zisquit, Rivka Miriam’s
rich, distinctive voice rings in tones at once ancient and contemporary,
giving expression to her profound experiences of history, love and faith.
Read a review of These Mountains in the
Jewish Review of Books.
About the Author
Miriam is one of today’s most original Israeli writers. Born in Jerusalem in
1952, she is the daughter of the renowned Yiddish writer Leib Rochman, and is
named for his mother and sister who died in the Holocaust. Rivka Miriam’s first
poetry collection was published when she was 14. She has since published twelve
books of poetry, three collections of short stories, two children’s books and a
collection of autobiographical stories. Rivka Miriam has twice been the
recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award.
The Critics Praise:
"Rivka Miriam’s poetic voice is one of the most refined,
profound and moving in Jewish and Israeli poetry today.”
“Rivka Miriam's distinctive poetry has made her a leading
voice of the Jewish experience.”
“To read the poetry of Rivka Miriam is to view the world
through the eyes of a sensitive soul, profoundly affected by the Holocaust
experiences of her parents, deeply committed to engaging in the Bible and in a
wide range of classical Jewish sources, and yearning for intimacy with the
Rivka Miriam’s poetic vision has the power to inspire us to believe in the
possibility of the renewal of the human spirit in our time. “
Professor David C. Jacobson