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  • First War
  • Shmu'el HaNagid (bio) and Peter Cole (bio)

First war resembles   a beautiful girlwe all want to flirt with     and believe.

Later it's more   a repulsive old whorewhose callers are bitter     and grieve. [End Page 12]

Shmu'el HaNagid

Shmu'el HaNagid (993-1056 c.e.) was the first major poet of the Hebrew literary renaissance of Muslim Spain. He was also the prime minister of the Muslim state of Granada, commander of the Granadan army, and one of the leading religious figures of his day.

Peter Cole

Peter Cole is the author of What Is Doubled: Poems 1981–1998. His latest volume, Things on Which I've Stumbled, was published by New Directions in 2008. Cole's many books of translation from Hebrew and Arabic include The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain 950–1492 (Princeton University Press, 2007). He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2007.



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