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Little Promises – Rachel Eshed

Little Promises - Rachel Eshed

Little Promises – Rachel Eshed

Poetry. Translated by David Cooper
Bilingual edition (Hebrew/English)
Paper, perfect bound, 104 pp
$16.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-42-4

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee


My Man
by Rachel Eshed

My man has burning feet;
he treads
on holy ground.
My nakedness blossoms with him, sated.
The soles of his feet on my belly
slowly descend with his toes to
the bitter opening,
the mouth of my dark cave.
Glittering in the darkness, wet
in madness of flesh,
my hair, erect to see,
we make love in the morning
Good morning Israel
love at noon
love at night
Good night Israel
a portion of God
my man gallops
the legs tremble.
When the shadows are about to shatter
he cures
my wounds.


Rachel Eshed was born on Kibbutz Degania Aleph in 1951, the daughter of holocaust survivors. She has studied theater and fine arts in Israel and London .

In 1995, “Havtachot Ktanot” (“Little Promises“) was published by Kibbutz Hameuchad; the manuscript received the 1992 AKUM Prize (AKUM is the Israeli equivalent of ASCAP). Her third book, “Shkufa Bachalon” (“Transparent In The Window” – 1999), received the 2001 the Bernstein Prize for Original Hebrew Poetry.

Translator David Cooper earned an MA in creative writing at The City College of CUNY where he won the Academy of American Poets Prize. His ebooks are published by http://pulpbits.com; poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming online and in numerous periodicals.