Hebrew poet and writer, has published 21
volumes of fiction and poetry, in Hebrew, since 1973. Elisha
Porat was born in Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh in 1938. His latest
Hebrew poems book, "My Reprive is Still Valid", was
published in Israel, 2005, by Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Publishers. His works have appeared in translation in
Israel, the United States, Canada and England. The English
translation of his short stories collection "The Messiah
of LaGuardia", Mosaic Press, was released in 1997. The
English translation of his second stories collection "PAYBACK",
was published 2002 at Wind River Press. His new novel "EPISODE",
a biographical novel, just released by "Y&H" Publishers,
His works, poetry and fiction, were translated from the
Hebrew into the English, and were published, as print and as
online, in a selected literary stages. Elisha Porat's works
were published at Midstream, Tikkun, Ariel,
War Literature and Arts, Rattle, Porcupine,
Oyster Boy Review, Another Chicago Magazine,
Boston Review, Poetrymagazine.com, Snake
Nation Review, The Paumanok Review, The
Pedestal Magazine, Jewish Quarterly, Deep
South, MPT Modern Poetry in Translation, The
Jerusalem Post and others.
They waited for him to come home:
trimmed lawn, the tree in its saucer,
faded plastic chairs, the rusty
creaking on its hinges.
Mother, brother, father, sister,
in time: wilting, transparent,
down with weight of days.
And then, when suddenly he comes
begins to move, the lawn thickens,
tree bears fruit, the plastic
are scrubbed, the gate turns
creaks, moving endlessly.
If only he would come in, come home.
The bubble of time bursts. The scarred heart
again. Slowly they go down
their knees, lift their eyes
him in grief, in gratitude.
by Eddie Levenston, April 2007
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