With an Iron Pen tracks the trajectory of Hebrew poetry in the last 20 years in its relation to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people and their lands in the West Bank and Gaza. In the 38 years of its duration, this occupation has penetrated and changed every aspect and realm of Israeli life - including, of course, the realm of poetry. This anthology collates the voices of protest and presents them together for the first time. The poets included represent the full range of contemporary Hebrew poets, from pre-eminent and prize-winning Israeli poets such as Aharon Shabtai, Dalia Ravikovitch, Meir Wieseltier, Yehuda Amichai, Yitzhak Laor and Natan Zach, to younger and newer poets of Hebrew letters. These poets of protest speak of their shame, rage, despair and sorrow at the continuing occupation.
"This anthology is not only an important political act, but it is foremost a poetic act. It faces the reader with the poetry of many poets, some of them young... and some of our prominent poets at their best... For the Israeli poetry reader this is an extraordinary opportunity for comparative reading and for hearing the unique voice of each writer dealing with one painful issue."
"Some of the highest peaks that political poetry can reach... A collection of powerful and varied poems. It is worthwhile to go out and meet this important anthology."
"This anthology is as powerful as such a book can be... One thing is clear: the collection of these poems in one volume deeply reveals the limits of protest in an era of chronic occupation."
Ha'aretz Literary Supplement
"The best political poems written in Israel in the last twenty years."