David Avidan was himself a Futureman, a self-described “Galactic Poet” and radical individualist known for his innovative use of Hebrew both on the page and in his performances and films. Recognized by the New York Times as one of the poets that “helped the biblical tongue evolve into a modern, living language,” Avidan played in his work with lexical and syntactical innovations, neologisms, various registers of Hebrew throughout its history, and colloquial speech, which he believed deserved its place in poetry. Ever the innovator, in 1974 he even conducted a poetic dialogue with a computer. Futureman, in Tsipi Keller’s virtuosic translation, introduces selections from across Avidan’s groundbreaking oeuvre to English-language readers for the first time. Scholar Anat Weisman, in her illuminating introduction “David Avidan: The Sadosemantic Poet,” provides the literary, social, and cultural background to Avidan’s work.