Tomorrow's New York Times Book Review, available online now (subscription required, I think), has an article by Leon Wieseltier, who has been through Yehuda Amichai's papers (see sidebar), deposited at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Going through the boxes with Amichai's widow Chana, says Wieseltier,
"We found a rich mess of notes and jottings, a treasury of first thoughts and first words that brought the uninhibited mind of a great poet fiercely to life."
Among the fragments:
puts at the head of its government
people who are ugly,
on the inside or the outside or both,
like a scary Gorgon's head,
so that every nation
may dwell in peace.
Here death is not so deep.
You can stand in it.
It is always dark inside the heart because it is inside the body.
I come to you in love
the way one medical expert is not ashamed to be healed
by another medical expert.