“Take silence and try to be silent. / Take words and try to speak. / Beyond language, Language is a wound / from which the world flows and flows.” That’s the tactile, sensual verse of Amir Or, one of Israel’s major poets, in a poem called “Language Says.” “Wings,” his 13th book of poetry, has been hailed as an “astonishing mixture of philosophy, lyric verse, and longing for the hieratic … vividly beautiful and dense with image and insight,” says Fiona Sampson, author of “In Search of Mary Shelley.” In a rare visit to New York, Or, 62, will celebrate the publication in a joint reading with American poets Lynn Levin, Richard Jackson, Philip Brady and Joyce Ashuntantang.

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