Uri S. Cohen

Luscious and Left: From 1959 to her death in 2005, Ravikovitch was an important progressive voice in political and poetical Israel.

Barren Lusciousness

Dahlia Ravikovitch, one of Israel’s major poets, played a formative role in both the poetic culture of the state and the undoing of the male dominance in Israeli poetry and culture. The publication of “Hovering at Low Altitude,” as translated by the two Chanas — Kronfeld and Bloch — is a wonderful occasion for anyone remotely interested in Hebrew letters, and for those interested in poetry wherever it’s written. Translating the collected poems of this complex and historically pivotal Israeli poet is a monumental task, to say the least, and one brilliantly executed by the duo.