Actually, they ran into each other on the street in Jerusalem years ago. Nye, the award-winning author of dozens of books for children and adults, calls herself a “wandering poet” (she grew up in St. Louis, San Antonio, and Jerusalem) and served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2010 to 2015. Amichai, of course, was one of the greatest Israeli poets of all time.
Nye’s newest book, Voices in the Air, is a tribute in poems—funny, thought-provoking, angry and sad poems—to artists, writers, historical figures and family members who’ve inspired her throughout her life. There are poems for Jewish authors Grace Paley and Vera B. Williams, but one of the most gripping poems in the book is about a chance meeting between Nye and Amichai.
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