Welcome to The Amichai Windows, a limited edition artist book of Yehuda Amichai poems.

Amichai is one of the great modern Hebrew poets. His poems have been translated into more than 30 languages and he was often considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Through his poetry, Amichai opened a window onto love, war, being Jewish in the 20th century and living in Israel.

Part of a Jerusalem papercut by Debra Band

A letterpressed image of a Jerusalem papercut by Debra Band for The Amichai Windows

You can read an in-depth article about Amichai and The Amichai Windows on the website of Tikkun Magazine, a journal of Jewish contemporary arts and culture. The piece provides background on Amichai’s life and poetry as well as the genesis of this artist book.

A bilingual meditation on life in Israel and the vicissitudes of Jewish history, The Amichai Windows is a collection of 18 Amichai poems. Each will be wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych and collected in an enclosure resembling a Jerusalem window.

Handwritten Amichai poem

Part of a handwritten Amichai poem, “I Know A Man”
Reprinted by permission of Hana Amichai
from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The book incorporates replicas of some of Amichai’s original, handwritten poems as well as images of Jewish history and life culled from archives around the world. A special introduction has been written by Hebrew literary critic and translator, Professor Robert Alter. Original papercuts have been done especially for this book by Debra Band, who specializes in Judaic artwork.

An edition of 18 copies will be printed for sale. The edition is designed primarily for libraries, museums and artist book collectors. In the works for ten years, book artist and poet Rick Black is expecting to complete it in 2017.

In our blog, we document the making of this artist book, share photos of and in the edition, and discuss Amichai’s poetry.  You can sign up for our occasional blog postings in the box to the upper right.  

Join us on this journey into the world of Yehuda Amichai . . . !


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16 Responses to

  1. susan diridoni

    Is it possible to purchase this limited edition book? I’m interested!

    • RickB

      Hi Susan,

      Yes, it’s definitely possible to purchase a copy of The Amichai Windows but no price has been set yet. Will let you know once we do so.

      Have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Heidi George

    Dear Rick: Thank you so much for sending this announcement! Have you decided on the purchase price of the book? I am interested in buying one. Let me know when you have a moment.

    Shabbat Shalom,

    • RickB

      Hi Heidi,

      Thanks so much for your interest in The Amichai Windows. No price yet but will let you know.

      Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Elizabeth A Wells

    Probably can’t afford your wonderful new book, The Amichai Windows, but let me know when the $ is available. Just self published a Haiku ABC book for kids. Lots of humor & a true fact for each animal in the poems. Reading at local libraries with lots of interaction; great fun. I’m convinced kids learn more when having fun. Best wishes for the holidays & new year.

    • RickB

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Your Haiku ABC book for kids sounds great — yes, they definitely learn more when having fun. No price yet for The Amichai Windows but will let you know.

      Best wishes to you for the holidays and New Year, too.

  4. Dear Rick, I am so inspired by your work. A book that has been eight years in the making will be something for the annals of book art history. I am looking forward to following your progress. Hugs from the Canadian rainforest, Terry Ann (So lovely to see you at our recent HNA gathering…even if it was momentary)

    • RickB

      Hi Terry Ann,

      Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. I will be sharing more as I go along. It’s just very difficult both to do the book and report on it. But soon, soon . . . yes, it was good to see each other at HNA, if only briefly; hopefully, soon again.

  5. Barbara Green

    I hope a library or museum in the Metropolitan D.C. area will buy a copy of “Amichai Windows” so that an ordinary lover-of-Amichai-poetry like me will be able to see it.

    • RickB

      Hi Barbara,

      I hope a library or museum in the Metro DC area will get a copy, too. It’s still unclear if we’ll be able to do a facsimile edition. It all depends on the English and Hebrew reprint rights. Will let you know if we do plan such an edition.

  6. Jane McKinley

    Hi Rick,
    Please let me know when you decide on a price. I’m very interested.
    Hope you’re well. How old is your daughter now? I’m almost afraid to ask.
    Thanks & Happy Thanksgiving!

    • RickB

      Hi Jane,

      I will definitely let you know — doing well here, trying to juggle family and work.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!


  7. Jerry Langer

    Rick, Congratulations on what is surely to be an absolutely marvelous marriage of poetry and design. I undoubtedly will not be in line for purchase, but I look forward to, at some point, seeing images of your work alongside the poetry of Amichai that I love and that moves me. – Jerry Langer

  8. Anna Banasiak

    By Anna Banasiak
    In memory of Yehuda Amichai

    You are the shepherd,
    leading out the words from the desert.

    I come to the faithful city,
    repeat the midrash Genesis Rabba
    after the destruction of the Temple.
    I hear the voice of peace.

    I see you under the cedarwood,
    reading the mishna and the gemara,
    the last Hebrew poet—
    and I can’t pronounce your name.

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