Translated from the Hebrew by Peter Everwine
120 pages / paperback / $17.00
The Countries We Live In is the most comprehensive collection of Natan Zach's poetry in English. Selected, translated, and introduced by Peter Everwine, this volume of Zach's essential early work showcases a poetry that is both complex and astringent, a poetry that bears witness to the existential dilemmas of the human condition. His modes are those of pervasive irony and wit. Zach's is not an art of elegance, but one of rigorous perspective and distinction. This volume reintroduces North American readers to one of Israel's major contemporary poetic figures.
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Peter Everwine was born in Detroit and grew up in Western Pennsylvania. His most recent collections are From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems and Working the Song Fields, a translation of Aztec poems. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
"A tenacious ironist, deeply aware of human isolation and the elaborate illusions we construct as our refuges (the refuge of poetry included), Zach's characteristic attitude is 'Be careful...Don't expect.' His reticence becomes a way of holding things in check, an integrity that is both a literary position and a personal response to experience."
— Peter Everwine