Shirley Kaufman

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Shirley Kaufman (born June 5, 1923 Seattle) is an American-Israeli poet and translator.[1]


Her parents immigrated from Poland. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from James A. Garfield High School in 1940. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 1944, and in 1946 she married Dr. Bernard Kaufman, Jr. They had three daughters: Sharon (b. 1948), Joan (b. 1950) and Deborah (b. 1955). She studied at San Francisco State University, with Jack Gilbert.

She married Hillel Matthew Daleski and immigrated to Jerusalem, Israel in 1973.

Her daughter, poet and playwright Debra Kaufman, made a short film about her poem "Ezekiel's Wheels".[2]

Her work has appeared in Ploughshares,[3] Harper's,[4] American Poetry Review,[5] and The New Yorker.[6]




  • The Floor Keeps Turning. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1970. 
  • Gold Country. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1973. 
  • Looking at Henry Moore’s Elephant Skull Etchings in Jerusalem During the War. Greensboro, North Carolina: Unicorn Press. 1977. ISBN 978-0-87775-108-3.  second edition, 1979
  • Hebrew translation by Dan Pagis, Tel Aviv: 1980
  • From One Life to Another. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1979. ISBN 978-0-8229-5300-5. 
  • Claims. New York: The Sheep Meadow Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-935296-53-2. 
  • Rivers of Salt. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press. 1993. ISBN 978-1-55659-055-9. 
  • Roots in the Air: New and Selected Poems. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press. 1996. ISBN 978-1-55659-055-9. 
  • Me-Hayyim le-Hayyim Aherim (selected poems in Hebrew translated by Aharon Shabtai, Dan Miron and Dan Pagis). Jerusalem: 1995
  • Un abri pour nostêtes (selected poems in French translated by Claude Vigée). Bilingual edition, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France: 2003
  • Threshold. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press. 2003. ISBN 978-1-55659-192-1. 
  • Ezekiel's Wheels. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press. 2009. ISBN 978-1-55659-307-9. 




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