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Assistant Professor of English Peter Davis Reflects on the Current Israeli Controversy Surrounding his Second Collection, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!

My second book of poems, Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!, was translated into Hebrew and, this past summer, published in Israel. Of course, I thought this was very cool. At the release party, I read some poems, via Skype, to an Israeli audience. I was on a computer screen held up by a guy onstage who was wearing a costume that made him look like a giant puppet. It was funny.

The translator is a youngish Israeli poet named Oded Carmeli. He’d seen some poems from the book in the online journal Jacket and asked if he could translate a few; before long he’d translated the whole book and found a publisher. It all happened very quickly.

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