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Sarah Kirsch

Sarah Kirsch
Books by this author: Ice Roses Winter Music
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  • Sarah Kirsch was born in 1935 in Limlingerode and studied biology at the University of Halle. Her poems first appeared in East German magazines in the early 1960s. In 1976 she joined eleven other writers in protests against the expulsion from East Germany of the singer-poet Wolf Biermann. This led to her own expulsion from the Communist Party, and to her permanent move to West Germany.

    'Sarah Kirsch is a poet of rare power and invention, who rather like Akhmatova can evoke a relationship in crisis with a few lines of dialogue. Direct and lucid, always lyrical, she finds music in the cadence of speech and the hesitations between words. It is a great fortune that these German poems have found a translator who can honour the shape of the originals, while writing them afresh in English.'
    Elaine Feinstein
    Awards won by Sarah Kirsch Short-listed, 2015 Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize   (Ice Roses)
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