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Fish Magic

Selected Poems

Elisabeth Borchers

Translated by Albrecht Wagner and Anneliese Wagner

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ISBN: 978 0 856461 92 7
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: December 0000
200 x 140 x 9 mm
108 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Fish Magic introduces the fascinating and individual West German poet Elisabeth Borchers, whose poetry has attracted critical acclaim since its first appearance in 1961. Her poems have the elusive and haunting quality of magic charms. As in the art of Paul Klee, whose painting gives this book its title, there is a deceptively childlike surface masking a tragic awareness of the human condition. Echoes of fairy tales, folk song and nursery rhymes mingle with nightmarish moments in these sharp, compelling and original poems.

    Elisabeth Borchers
    Elisabeth Borchers was born in Homberg on the Rhine. She grew up in Alsace. As well as poetry she has written fiction, plays and children’s stories and translates French literature into German. She worked in publishing for Suhrkamp and Insel Verlag until 1998. ... read more
    Albrecht Wagner
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    Anneliese Wagner
    Anneliese Wagner ’s collection of poems Hand Work received the Eileen W. Barnes Award in 1983. Murderous Music was published by Chicory Blue Press in 1995. ... read more
    Awards won by Elisabeth Borchers Winner, 1976 Roswitha von Gandersheim Medaille
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