Advent Calendar – 19
Our latest poet is not only a writer but a scientist and an activist. Much of his literary work and activism deals with issues of ethnicity and class among Mizrahi Jews in Israel and with the Arab-Israeli conflict. In his poem ‘Why don’t I write Israeli Love Songs’ he says
I want compensation from the National Bank of Israel
For the Palestinians, the Mizrachim, the Women, the Gays and the Lesbians
For every comment, transit-camp, closed military zone
Only then will I be willing to write Israeli love songs.
Advent Calendar door number 19 reveals the Israeli poet
(with translations into Arabic, English and German)
Born in 1972 in Haifa, Mati Shemoelof works as a poet, editor, journalist and teacher. He is a lecturer of Israeli culture at Minshar College in Tel Aviv. Shemoelof co-edited an anthology of works against the war in Gaza, and published several books of poetry and short stories.