To speak at the moment of illumination
ISRAEL FEATURE: SPOTLIGHT ON THE POETRY & LIFE OF MIZRAHI POET EREZ BITON
 
 
Erez Biton
(Algeria, 1942) Erez Biton, the 2015 Israel Prize laureate in poetry, was born in Oran, Algeria to Moroccan parents who then immigrated to Israel in 1948. At the age of 10, he was blinded and lost a hand in an accident. Biton holds a BA in social work from Hebrew University and an MA in psychology from Bar Ilan University. The author of six books of poems and a play, Biton is the foremost Mizrahi poet in Israel today. The term Mizrahi, Hebrew for ‘eastern’, denotes Jews from the Arab world and adjacent, mostly Moslem-majority countries. According to poet Mois Benarroch, Biton brings us to …


Wounded by a grenade, healed by poetry
by Eli Eliyahu One day, when Erez Biton was 10 years old, he was playing with friends in a field in his hometown of Lod, when he came across a small box. Thinking he’d stumbled on a treasure chest, he opened it. But inside was an old hand grenade, which …
 

Out of the past, something new
by Almog Behar Erez Biton ‘inserts the oral tradition of Moroccan Judeo-Arabic literature, transmitted by women and therefore a feminine tradition, and one that did not exist in Hebrew, into the poetry written in Israel’.
 

Biton meets Buzaglo: a riff
by Almog Behar A sort of paternal relationship is established, in which the son, who has distanced himself from his father, suddenly sees, in a moment of enlightenment, their inevitable resemblance in the mirror.
 

732 students to kick off Louder Than a Bomb 2015
On 13 October, 2015, Poetry International and the Kenniscentrum Cultuureducatie Rotterdam (KCR) will recommence the spoken word poetry project Louder Than a Bomb.
 
 

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