Also in this issue, Lisa's translations from the Hebrew of:

Sharron Hass

Admiel Kosman

Rami Saari

Lisa Katz's electronic chapbook Breast Art


Another poem by Agi Mishol may be found online at Mississippi Review Online

More work by this writer can be found in Poetry International #4 (San Diego State University 2000), and on the UN Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry website pages 706-716.


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Translator's note: Thanks to the students of Hebrew University's Literary Translation class, Fall 2001, for their help.

Agi Mishol Agi Mishol

A Little Prayer for Sunday

Give me a break from flashing cops,
the HMO and the temples of social security,
from bookkeepers and the keepers of jargon,
temp agency clerks with helmet-like hair.

They're been shooting here all morning;
the partridge hunters and the dogcatcher
roam my countryside.
filled with black-fisted Orthodox men,
and high-strung poetry critics,
and openmouthed bulldozers
fall like leaves upon my house.

Why is it such a big deal to yield
to a woman like me
who lets others cut her off on the roads.

I who lay me down to sleep with the hens
at the foot of the well-lit shopping malls
Hear my prayer

Please don't add me to the culture package today.

I who am not exempt from anything
Grant me permission
to stay in bed
one more day.

Translated from the Hebrew by Lisa Katz Lisa Katz