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Mordechai Geldman

Mordechai Geldman

Mordechai Geldman

(Germany, 1946 - 2021)
Mordechai Geldman was born in a displaced persons camp in Munich in 1946 to Polish parents who survived the Holocaust. His family immigrated to Israel in 1949 and settled in Tel Aviv, where he lived until his death in 2021. Geldman earned a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Clinical Psychology; he worked as a psychotherapist and began publishing poetry in 1966. As a visual artist Geldman was engaged in painting, ceramics and photography. He served as an art critic for the Israeli daily Haaretz, and curated exhibitions for many Israeli artists. Geldman published 15 poetry books and six of non-fiction. A two-volume collection of his works was published in 2011 and Becoming One, in May 2013.
Geldman’s work, according to American translators Warren Bargad and Stanley F. Chyet, “embraces many fields and cultures. His reach is perhaps not surprising for a psychoanalyst confronted professionally and temperamentally with the inner as well as outer manifestations of human experience. Readers come away with a impression of the poet as uomo universale, a genuinely Renaissance personality, conversant with Greek mythology, world and Jewish history, Chinese culture, the fine arts, flora and fauna, the expanses of literary imagination.”

Over the years Geldman has been awarded the Chomsky, Prime Minister’s, Brenner and Yehuda Amichai prizes for Israeli literature, as well as the Bialik Prize for his life’s work.
© Lisa Katz

In Hebrew
Sea Time, Land Time  [Zman Ha-Yam Ve-Zeman Ha-Yabasha],  Schocken, Tel Aviv, 1970
Bird [Tzipor], Siman Kriah, Tel Aviv, 1975
Window [Halon], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1980
1966 - 1983, Siman Kriah, Tel Aviv, 1983 
Milano [Milano], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1988   
Eye [Ayin],  Siman Kriah, Tel Aviv, 1993
A Book of Ask [Sefer Sh`al], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1997
Time [Zman], a poem by M. Geldman and 9 etchings by Moshe Gershuni, Harel Printers and Publishers, Tel Aviv, 1997 
Poems of Mourning [Shirei Ha-Evel]m with silkscreen prints by Pesach Slabosky, Harel Printers and Publishers, Tel Aviv, 2000 
Poem of the Heart [Shir Ha-Lev],  Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 2004
Tamir`s Poems [Shirei Tamir],  (under pseudonym Daniel Kassif), Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 2007
Years I Walked At Your Side [Halachti Shanim Le-Tzidcha], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv & Bialik Institute, Jerusalem, 2011
Becoming One [Torat Hayihud], Keshev, Tel Aviv, 2013
Night line  [Kav Laila] Keshev Leshira, Tel Aviv, 2015
Years I Walked At Your Side [Halachti Shanim Le-Tzidcha], vol 3, Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv & Bialik Institute, Jerusalem, 2019

In English
Years I walked by Your Side: selected poems.
tr. Tsippi Keller. SUNY Excelsior, Albany NY 2018.
A dozen poems by Geldman appear in Poets on the Edge, An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry, ed. and tr.by Tsippi Keller, SUNY, Albany, 2008
Thirteen poems by Geldman are included in No Sign of Ceasefire, ed. and tr, by Warren Bargad and Stanley F. Chyet, Skirball/Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, 2002

In Portuguese
Teoria do um,
translated by Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, Douda Correria, Lisbon, 2015

In Hebrew
Dark Mirror [Mar`ah Afelah], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1995
Psychoanalytic Criticism [Sifrut Ve-Psichologia], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1998  
The True Self and the Self of Truth: Psychoanalytic and Other Perspectives [Ha-Atzmi Ha-Amiti Ve-Atzmei-Haemet], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 2006
In The Silver Mirror: Bianca Eshel Gershuni: Selected Works [Va Ihie Ba-Mar`et Ha-Kesef], Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 2007
Mirrors and Doubles: Shakespeare as a Psychoanalist [Mar'ot Ukfilim] Keshev leshira, Tel Aviv, 2019


In Hebrew
Wikipedia page for Mordechai Geldman
Ohio State University’s Lexicon of Contemporary Hebrew Literature

In Italian
Mordechai Geldman in Formavera
& Translations by Paolo Ruffilli

In Dutch
Performance of Geldman's poetry/video art by Sigalit Landau
Abbie de Quant - Waterspiegel

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