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Translated by Margitt Lehbert
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (112 pages)
(Pub. Apr 1994)
Sarah Kirsch was a leading East German poet before leaving in 1977 for West Germany, where her work was already highly regarded. While she had supported many of the political and social aims of the Communist government in the GDR, she had been active during the 1960s in opposing the restrictions of the official creed of social realism, by writing poetry concerned with private emotion and individual perception. She has been the recipient of many literary awards, including the Austrian State Prize for Literature and the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize, and is today considered one of the most eminent German poets.
Awards won by Sarah Kirsch Short-listed, 2015 Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize (Ice Roses)
Praise for Sarah Kirsch '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.'
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