Beloved Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, following a worsening of his health this past week.
He was 75.
Read Ronny Someck's poem which he wrote for him.
For Samih al-Qasim on the Day of his Death
They said that you
Are the guitar of Palestine
That you strung barbed wire
In place of strings
To play at the wedding of the bride
Who ran away from the nuptials.
You said that she is your land
And you will never cease
Writing songs of the fate of the ring
That suspends from her ear.
Translation: Karen Alkalay-Gut
July 31h 2014
Israels Boheme lässt sich vom Alarm nicht stören
Read the article in the German newspaper 'Die Welt' > here
July 3h 2014
Ronny Someck: Poet and a Holland fan
Before the start of the World Cup 2014 football an Israeli newspaper asked 11 people from politics, literature etc.: "Who is your favourite for the title?"
Ronny Smeck said: "Holland".
And he posed in a Dutch football shirt.
Read the article > here
On 03/06/2014 he explained on TV on the Israeli Sport Channel why Holland is his favourite.
June 2h 2014
Ronny Someck received the Insigne de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres
On June 2th Ronny Someck received the Insigne de Chevalier des Arts et Lettres at the Institut francais in Tel-Aviv handed by the French ambassador in Israël monsieur S.E. Patrick Maisonnave.
May 29h 2014
Opening exhibition 'Ronny Someck Hall of Fame'
On May 29th in the Museum of Israeli Art at Ramat Gan was the opening of the exhibition 'Ronny Someck Hall of Fame'.
Ronny Someck made 76 portraits of well known writers and poets from all over the world. He made also some poems for several of them.
You can visit the exhibition until october 2014.
Here are some pictures, taken at the opening of the exhibition.
February 13h 2014
Ronny Someck's 'Flughäfen' (Airports) 'poem of the day'
Today, February 13, Ronny Someck's poem 'Flughäfen' (Airports) is the 'poem of the day' on the website of Hugendubel, one of the biggest booksellers in Germany.
Ronny Someck wrote the poem 'Nabucco Blues' for Giuseppe Verdi's bicentenary, Haim Permont composed the music and The Israel Symphony Orchestra played it.
The premiere was on February 6th 2014. Read the article > here
Mini Libretto by Ronny Someck
I Nebuchadnezzar made a vow
to forget that I am a stem
of Queen of Sheba and Solomon.
With my own hands I shall destroy the temple
that my great grandfather had built in Jerusalem,
and I shall lay a stone in
every Jewish slave’s hand
and together we shall build the tower
that God demolished in Babylonia.
2. The Slaves
We are the slaves who despise the uncalled for muscles
on our arms, hold in our hands stones from the Jerusalem ruins.
Our hearts heap of burning coals.
Our eyes are burning.
And the fire in our hands beating like a whip.
“Where are you heading” you ask.
“When we return,” we answer, “We shall know where we set,
and where we wept”.
I Giuseppe Verdi saw as a child
saw my mother spinning threads
with which, after years I sewed the royal attire
And the robes to cover Avigail’s
and to Nebuchadnezzar, Pnina’s
With the leftover threads I have woven sacks
to cover scars on my body
and the slave’s body.
January 27h 2014
Ronny Someck visited the literary festival Le Havre
Ronny Someck visited the literary festival 'Le Goût des autres' Le Havre, France 23-26 january 2014
left to right:
Ronny Someck, Silvia Eugenia Castillero and David Grossman
November 11h 2013
Article of Ronny Smoeck in the BGU Review
The new volume of the electronic journal BGU Review, fall 2013, is dedicated to the works of authors and poets of the second generation of the 1950s immigration to Israel. All of these writers are the children of immigrants from Arab countries, with the exception of Leah Aini,
The BGU Review is a multidisciplinary journal that appears in English, sponsored by the Heksherim Institute at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The journal presents translations of seminal essays and research regarding various areas of Israeli culture.
November 7th 2013
Exhibition Eye Territory
Ronny Someck is one of the artists of the exhibition 'Eye Territory'.
Opening: november 8th 2013, 2:00 pm.
56 Mazeh St. Tel Aviv
Opening Hours: every day 11:00-18:00.
Other artists are Ofra Ohana / Anisa Ashkar / Itay Benit / Shiri Bar-On Shani Barber-Ivgi / Shoshanna Givon / Sivan Gross / Ilan Dotan Nurit Witkon / Michael Yagudin / Ori Nir / Erez Solo Rimon / Yonat Cintra / Chava Polivoda / Meirav Cozac Hagit kazinitz / Fabio Rosenthal Kahn.
Exhibition Feather and Lead 24 october 2013 - 12 january 2014
The Feather and Lead exhibition is a photographic correspondence with the poems of Ronny Someck.
It is a project of the Department of Photography & Media featuring Julia Berezina | Maria Portnoy | Avia Weiss | Sophie Brooks | Nati Gold Roni Schweid Hazzan | Roi Kal Hai | Anat Finkelstein
Curated by: Professor Micha Kirshner
Exhibition: 24 October 2013 – 12 January 2014
The Gallery The NB Haifa School of Design
Read the article 'The Face / Ronny Someck' in Haaretz Magazine Friday, june 28, 2013 > here
july 14th 2013
On june 21th was the opening of the exhibition 'Mediterraneo sei tu' in Palazzo del Governo in Siracusa, Italy.
Ronny Someck is one of the artists.
Other artists are Naguib Mafhuz, Adonis, Moncef Ghachem, Mahmoud Ch’Albi, Fabio Iemmi, Biagio Guerrera, Sonia Maklouf, Giovanni Robustelli, Ouejdane Mejri, Afef Hagi, Raed Tarrab, Rosario Bruno, Laura Casielles, Carmen Camacho, Aldo Palazzolo, Paola Ghirotti, Hela Hammar, Khaled Mattawa, Roberto steve Gobesso, Kali Jones, Sasha Vinci, Irene Catalfamo, Abderrahmane Djelfaoui, La Casa dei Burattini di Otello Sarzi.
july 13th 2013
See a poem from Ronny Someck on a sink.
From : "Plasson exhibition IDDesighn".
july 13th 2013
Ronny Someck and Salah Al Hamdani made a promotour through France to promote their book 'Bagdad – Jérusalem, à la lisière de l’incendie' 23th - 27th june 2013.
february 23th 2013
The magazine Seneca Review number 42 spring / fall 2012 published nine poems of Ronny Someck.
You will find them on page 44 - 53, and you can read them > here
January 28th 2013
Ronny Someck visited Holland 6-10-2012
On friday december 7th he was invited for a reading in Eindhoven, together with poets as Willem van Toorn, Ineke Holzhaus en Ester Naomi Perquin.
On saturday there was in Maastricht a presentation of two new books: 'Mugshot', which he made together with the Dutch poet Hans van de Waarsenburg, and 'Nägel'.
On sunday he was invited for a concert of the choir 'Stem des volks' who sang together with an orchestra three poems of Ronny Someck.
Here are some pictures.
Ronny Someck in the Dutch snow
Ronny Someck in Eindhoven
The presentation in Maastricht
From left to right: Hans van de Waarsenburg, Ronny Someck and publisher Hennie Jetzes
In Maastricht after the concert
In Maastricht after the concert
November 9-16 2012
Ronny Someck was one of the poets of The Journey of Oriental Poetry at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
With the Iraqi poet Kalid Al Maaly
With the poettranslator Moacir Amancio
November 1-3 2012
Ronny Someck was present at the 1st International Poetry in Mardin Mardin Artuklu University Turkey 1-3 November 2012.
On the pictures you see him with Yinon Muallem (music) and with Mehmet Sait Toprak.
July 30st 2012
Ronny Someck read 'Bagdad Jerusalem, à la lisière de l'incendie', on the festival 'Voix Vives, de méditerranée en méditerranée', Sète, France, july 23st 2012.
July 27st 2012
Ronny Someck has been awarded the Cross of The Order of The Knights for a Distinguished Service, at the embassy of Poland in Tel-Aviv handed by the Polish ambassador, and signed by the President of the Polish Republic, Bronislaw Komorowski.
June 16th 2012
Ronny Someck was one of the guest poets of the poetry festival 'Poetry on the Road' in Bremen, Germany (may 30th - june 4th 2012).
Here are some pictures.
Wednesday april 28th, President Shimon Peres hosted an encounter between Jewish and Arab writers and poets to discuss literary creativity as a cultural bridge. One of them was Ronny Someck. See some pictures en read the article in The Jerusalem Post > here
may 17th 2010
Ronny Someck visited Holland march 8th - march 13th 2010. Some pictures > here