Israel Horovitz has been featured on BookTrib in the delightful article “From Stage to Screen to Poetry with Israel Horovitz.” BookTrib‘s Jordan Foster discusses Horovitz’s unusual transition from playwright (The Indian Wants the Bronx) to movie director (My Old Lady) to published poet (Three Rooms’ own Heaven and Other Poems).
Horovitz is truly a renaissance man, so it makes perfect sense that he’s as adept with verse as he is with stage direction and dialogue. Heaven marks his first official poetry collection and it’s already earned high praise from some big names. Kevin Kline says, “The poetry in this collection is variously political, personal, passionate, funny, nostalgic, elegiac, verbally playful, and unsparingly honest. Wordsworth said of the sonnet: ‘with this key Shakespeare unlocked his heart.’ The same can be said of the poems of Israel Horovitz.” Neil Labute, another theater veteran-turned-film-auteur, says of the collection, “Israel Horovitz loves language like most of us love oxygen. Words spill out of him and pile up in his work like beautiful mounds of rubble. Never easy. Never silly. Always tough, meaningful, funny, tragic and true. Heaven and Other Poems is a collective sigh, the work of a master writer and a hopeful man—perhaps the last among us to still believe in the redemptive powers of both love and art.” At 116 pages, this is the perfect volume to slip into your purse or pocket and read on the subway.