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Video message from Israel

Posted in about us, Poetry Film by lyrikline on 3. September 2013

Avi Dabach is a filmmaker from Israel. He worked with the lyrikline website for the poetry film workshop “Poetic Encounters”. We like the idea that a poetry website inspires artists to create new works.

The place where I write: Mati Shemoelof [Israel]

Posted in Autoren / poets, Mati Shemoelof by lyrikline on 23. March 2013
Photo: Mati Shemoelof

Photo: Mati Shemoelof

Poetry made of charms

In order to write, I fill my room with charms. These magical objects transform my simple wooden desk into a space crafted from unknown magic, with no beginning or end. The east opens, and I can see a new world – reaching all the way to the dark edges of town.
I start collecting my charms: a vintage photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron entitled “I Wait”; An old photo of me standing next to Nadav Cohavi RIP, from the time we had a band in LA; A gray plastic elephant my girlfriend Ayala got me, a magical cat standing at the gates of the ancient world of eternity, which I bought during a visit to the Pyramids many years ago; a Palestinian postcard from old Jaffa to complete them all.
I look at them surrounding me, and start hearing an old but new melody of prayer.
A spirit of Love and social change.

                                      Mati Shemoelof, Tel Aviv/Israel

Mati Shemoelof on lyrikline

Advent Calendar – 19

Posted in Autoren / poets, Mati Shemoelof by lyrikline on 19. December 2012
Mati Shemoelof,

Mati Shemoelof,

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
Disappearance, disfigurement.
Only then will I be willing to write Israeli love songs.

Advent Calendar door number 19 reveals the Israeli poet

Mati Shemoelof

(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.

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christmas in huntsville, texas

Posted in Jan Wagner by Heiko Strunk on 21. December 2010

This film, directed by Emanuella Amichai (Israel), is based on the poem “weihnachten in huntsville, texas” by Jan Wagner (Germany). It is a result of the Film-Workshop held during the 5th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival,  Berlin, October 2010.

A Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season to All of You!

New partner in Israel

Posted in about us by Heiko Strunk on 7. October 2010 is pleased to introduce another new network partner.

Our new partner in Israel is the Helicon Society for the Advancement of Poetry, which, with poet Amir Or as Artistic Director, puts on the Helicon Festival, organises Hebrew-Arabic poetry workshops and produces Helicon Poetry Magazine (

We look forward very much to working together!