Aryeh Sivan’s poetry has been said to evoke a sense of shared public experience at the same time that it expresses provocation and protest. Sivan (né Bomstein) was born in Tel Aviv in 1929. He fought in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence as a member of the elite Palmach unit, then studied Hebrew language and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and worked as a high-school teacher until his retirement. He has published sixteen collections of poetry and a novel and is the recipient of several important awards, including the Brenner Prize (1989), the Bialik Prize (1998) and the prestigious Israel Prize for Poetry (2010). His work has been translated into seventeen languages.