13.12.2011 17.Kislev. 5772
Israel Eliraz isn't interested in writing topical poetry or today's self-obsessed poets.
"I don't think you write a poem because you have a nice idea, or something of a social or political nature to state," says the poet Israel Eliraz. For that, he believes "there are newspapers and television, which do that much better and more effectively. You write a poem because you want to express a form. That's why I feel closest to the painter, and his desire to turn the world's shapes into art."
At an evening program tonight at Tel Aviv's Alma College to mark the release of the Israeli poet's latest book, "Ha'im Tzefuya Hitbaharut?" ("Will There be Clarity?" ), Gideon Ofrat and others will in fact talk about this connection between Eliraz's poetry and painting. Composer Yinam Leef, who set some of Eliraz's poems to music, will also participate….