The Fire Stays in Red: Poems

The Fire Stays in Red Poems My mother dreams in Arabic I dream in Hebrew says Ronny Someck Born in he was uprooted from his native Iraq when he was four Transplanted to Israel Someck spent his childhood in a transit cam

  • Title: The Fire Stays in Red: Poems
  • Author: Ronny Someck
  • ISBN: 9780299179045
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • My mother dreams in Arabic, I dream in Hebrew, says Ronny Someck Born in 1951, he was uprooted from his native Iraq when he was four Transplanted to Israel, Someck spent his childhood in a transit camp for new immigrants There he was surrounded by music, the great singers Umm Kulthum, Farid al Atrash, and Fairuz shouldering up against Elvis Presley and Billie Holiday My mother dreams in Arabic, I dream in Hebrew, says Ronny Someck Born in 1951, he was uprooted from his native Iraq when he was four Transplanted to Israel, Someck spent his childhood in a transit camp for new immigrants There he was surrounded by music, the great singers Umm Kulthum, Farid al Atrash, and Fairuz shouldering up against Elvis Presley and Billie Holiday No wonder he is so beloved in Israel In what other poet do we find Tarzan, Marilyn Monroe, and cowboys battling with Rabbi Yehuda Halevi for the hearts and souls of Israelis Someck s poems are rich in slang and distinguished by staccato rhythms, quick cuts, close ups, and disturbing segues As in film noir, the sensations are of speed, danger, uncertainty His distinct Sephardi voice invokes the odors of falafel and schwarma, the army with its supporting cast of recruits and commandos, the bustle of southern Tel Aviv with its small garages, shops, cheap restaurants, its gangs and its Arab workers He is also the troubadour of the lovelorn, with poems that are hot, erotic, comic, tragic, agape at the wonders of a tear and a tattoo and a snapshot and a bra and a scarecrow.

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