The Poetry of Kabbalah - Cole, Peter; Dykman, Aminadav - Yale University Press
Literary Studies

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The Margellos World Republic of Letters

The Poetry of Kabbalah

Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition

  • Translated and Annotated by Peter Cole; Co-edited and with an Afterword by Aminadav Dykman
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Won Honorable Mention in the 2012 New York Book Festival Poetry category, sponsored by the New York Book Festival

Peter Cole has won Poetry magazine’s John Frederick Nims Prize for the best translations to appear in the magazine this year. The prize was awarded for his portfolio of poems taken from The Poetry of Kabbalah (Margellos World Republic of Letters).

 Honorable Mention in the Poetry Category at the 2012 New England Book Festival.

Won a Honorable Mention for the 2012 Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards in the Literature Category.

Won honorable mention for the 2013 Lois Roth Award for a translation of a literary work. This award is given by the Modern Language Association.

Listen to Peter Cole read "Nut Garden," by Yosef Gikatilla

Listen to Peter Cole read "Each Day"

This groundbreaking collection presents for the first time in English a substantial body of poetry that emerges directly from the sublime and often startling world of Jewish mysticism. Taking up Gershom Scholem’s call to plumb the “tremendous poetic potential” concealed in the Kabbalistic tradition, Peter Cole provides dazzling renderings of work composed on three continents over a period of some fifteen hundred years.

In addition to the translations and the texts in their original languages, Cole supplies a lively and insightful introduction, along with accessible commentaries to the poems. Aminadav Dykman adds an elegant afterword that places the work in the context of world literature. As a whole, the collection brings readers into the fascinating force field of Kabbalistic verse, where the building blocks of both language and existence itself are unveiled.

Excerpts from The Poetry of Kabbalah have been featured in the Paris Review, Poetry, and Conjunctions.

“Studded with insight, and written with great verve, this book will become a classic.”—Lawrence Fine, author of Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos

Peter Cole is the author of three books of poetry and the translator of more than a dozen volumes from Hebrew and Arabic. His many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, and the PEN Translation Award for Poetry. In 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. Aminadav Dykman teaches comparative literature at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.