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Shai Schneider-Eilat's poems deal with the death of the beloved • Writing raises the dead, and death raises the writing

In one of the key songs in the first book of the poet Shai Schneider-Eilat, "He was here, I'm sure of it" (Afik-Helicon Publishing, 2019), a mourning woman stands on a bridge that crosses the Tiber River in Rome, and says in Hebrew to Italian women passing by: " My beloved is dead, my beloved is dead. "

Also in her second book, "Everything She Sings Raises Smoke," which has just been published, the death of a loved one is the central theme.

The speaker often mentions the "lovers of the dead," the "owners of the dead," and the "persons of the dead," and establishes a book on which the loss is borne;

As the book that opens the book declares: "Today I will speak as usual about the owners of the dead in the Hebrew language."

In doing so, Schneider-Eilat joins a group of contemporary poets who write books of loss and mourning.

Like the lamenting women from antiquity, for whom poetry serves as a tool to express their grief and turn to nothingness, the poets Mia Tevet-Dayan and Orit Gidli, who mourn their mothers, Hedva Harkabi, who mourns her son, and Anat Zakaria and Schneider-Eilat, who are facing the loss of a son, appear Pair.

These poetic poems are dedicated to a lost person, if only, but they give a much wider voice to the readership, creating an emotional poetic range and the women of the minister the mourning.

The absurdity of this mourning poem is boldly expressed in an excerpt from a poem from Schneider-Eilat's first book: "If I do not write, I will die. Did you die so that I could write?".

Writing raises the dead, and death revives the writing, and indeed, the death of the beloved appears in the book in a variety of different incarnations that do not discuss the death of the beloved.

The most prominent motif in the book dealing with death is found in many poems depicting the death of an animal: a rabbit found dead in an orchard, a rat trapped behind the refrigerator, a bee dying after being stung, the body of a bird with its eyes eaten, dead fish in the freezer and a beloved dog run over.

In all these the poet looks present and looks directly at their deaths.

Other poems in the book, which do not deal with loss openly, also touch on experiences of violence, difficulty, and emotional extremes.

For example, in three songs throughout the book, dedicated to different and unexpected heroines: a woman in an aquarium who is supposed to be rescued with stage magic, the Jewish weightlifter Naomi Kotin and the Finnish ice diver Johanna Norblad;

These poems are read, in the context of the rest of the book, as clever allegories that symbolize the mental state of grief and the female mental coping with the loss.

At the end of the book, there are some poems that look at death more generally. One of them has an image shake and surreal treatment of life to the dead dolls lives continue to run, "in case Nbit Bmtim Lahr Motm, Nbhin Sfihm, upon fold Rb, wide open Lrohh Lamtno. Cbolan: tongue, Sorot Snim - and Mh Anu Aosim Mn Hbhlh? Mfsilim Srool Hltztno, Tohbim Zroano Haht El endo- Krbihm - and behold Hm Mshlim until Ktzot Atzbaotino, Cbbot ventriloquist made of Tatron. therefrom, Anu Hfsiim Lhniam Cahbt Nfsno - Rasm Hmt, Sftihm Hazobot - pronounce Kolno Mbtnno Badm, Calo upon a time Kolm. and Cc, Cshm Tloiim to us upon Zroano, To joke, to dub them as we see fit, to entertain a vanished audience, grins.It is good to remember that these are nothing but ghostly conversations with the ragged bubble that has been emptied. For from day to day there will also be an upturned arm tucked into our bowels, frightened to the tips of our fingers. "

Songs of Sniidr-ailt loaded and compressed in paragraphs long poem, without a break and some breathing room, and called stream of consciousness songs, spins magic but enchanted and dreamy:

"Hlmti Mdbrim Abrit and Ani Aini Mbinh and Amdti outside will Labrit and Habrit Elegy Msnh Bfi Hlomim, Tzrimot and Tzlilim Stomim and La Idatih [ ...] Man, even though he is the last of the world, will continue to speak. "

Everything She Sings Ma'ale Eshan / Shai Schneider-Eilat, Bialik Publishing House, 71 pages

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Source: israelhayom

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