Keys to the Garden by Ammiel Alcalay
New Israeli Writing

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This first anthology of twentieth-century Israeli literature to feature the work of writers who were born in—or whose families originated from—the Levant, Turkey, Iran, India, and Arab worlds represents twenty-four authors whose concerns with cultural identity, race, class, gender, and political allegiances place their work alongside today’s emerging rediscovered and reinvented Arab, African, Indian, African-American, and Caribbean traditions.


About Ammiel Alcalay

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Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, translator, critic, and scholar who teaches at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is the Deputy Chair of the PhD Program in English. His latest work is Scrapmetal (Factory School, 2006). He is also editor and translator of Keys to the Garden, and Semezdin Mehmedinovic's Sarajevo Blues, both published by City Lights.
Published May 1, 1996 by City Lights Publishers. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a series of poems describing her day, Tikva Levi writes: ""past the last intersection/ from the previous poem/ a golden dusty cloud/ of neon cleaves/ the fog/ and in a doorway/ a teenage couple/ hug and kiss/ completely unrelated/ to the couple from poem three."" And in Jacqueline Shohet Kahan...

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