Poems by Chana Bloch

Please Hold


The Kiss




Poet and translator Chana Bloch is best-known for her brilliant translations of the great Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, including his Selected Poetry, and Open Closed Open: Poems (with Stephen Mitchell).  She has also translated the Biblical Song of Songs and Dahlia Ravikovitch’s The Window and Dress of Fire. Bloch has taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, U.C. Berkeley, and served as the Chair of the English Department at Mills College, where she currently directs the Creative Writing Program.  Winner of the Writers Exchange Award of Poets & Writers, a Pushcart Prize, and the Discovery Award of the Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, as well as fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, she has also enjoyed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Djerassi Foundation.


In addition to her distinguished translation work, Bloch has published three original collections of poems, the most recent of which, Mrs. Dumpty, won the 1998 Felix Pollak Prize.  Jean Valentine hailed this riveting verse-memoir of the dissolution of a long marriage, as “a clear-eyed and heartbreaking series of poems.” In the words of Amichai, “The more powerful the words, the more piercing the images, the deeper the healing. That is what Mrs. Dumpty succeeds in doing: healing with words, making this life livable.” 






Poetry Center Reading:

      Spring 1999