Gili Haimovich is a bilingual poet, translator and photographer. She is the author of ten poetry books, four in English and six in Hebrew including as well as a multilingual book of her poem Note. Her most recent books are her English volumes: Promised Lands (2020) and Lullaby (2021). She won the international Italian poetry competitions I colori dell’anima for best foreign poet (2020), the Ossi di Seppia international Italian competition (2019), a grant for excellency by the Ministry of Culture of Israel (2015) and other national and international prizes and grants. Her poems are translated into 30 languages and published worldwide in anthologies, festivals and journals such as: World Literature Today, Poetry International, 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium as well as major publications in Israel such as The Most Beautiful Poems in Hebrew – A Hundred Years of Israeli Poetry, A Naked Queen – An Anthology of Israeli Social Protest Poetry and festivals such as in Canada, Italy, India, Mexico, Hong Kong, Romania, Mongolia.
This new edition by Shearsman Press (UK) contains translations of Marina Tsvetaeva’s narrative poems (поэмы). They can be seen as markers of various stages in her poetic development, ranging from the early, folk-accented On a Red Steed to the lyrical-confessional Poem of the Mountain and Poem of the End to the more metaphysical later poems, An Attempt at a Room, Poem of the Mountain, a beautiful requiem for Rainer Maria Rilke, New Year’s Greetings, and Poem of the Air, a stirring celebration of Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight and the quest for the soul’s freedom. These translations were first published by Ardis in 1998 and reprinted by Overlook in 2004 and 2009. The current edtion was published by Shearsman Press (UK) in 2021.