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Ice Roses

Selected Poems

Sarah Kirsch

Translated by Anne Stokes

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ISBN: 978 1 847771 51 3
Categories: 20th Century, German, Translation, War writings, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: February 2014
210 x 137 x 23 mm
267 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Sarah Kirsch (1935–2013) is recognised as one of Germany’s most powerful poets of the post-war era. She lived and worked first in East Germany, then (after political persecution) in the West, making her home finally in rural Schleswig-Holstein. Her poetry’s free-flowing syntax and fluid sound patterning reflect her lifelong resistance to constraint and convention. Anne Stokes’ translations above all capture the living sounds and rhythms of Kirsch’s writing. In Ice Roses Anglophone readers experience the full range of Kirsch’s poetry, from her early work to her last books, full of the strange beauty of her chosen landscapes.

    COVER IMAGE 18. November (detail), 1977, by Sarah Kirsch, courtesy of Random House (Germany).
    Sarah Kirsch
    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 ... read more
    Anne Stokes
    Anne Stokes holds a PhD in German Literature from Ohio State University. She teaches Translation at the University of Stirling and translates from German. ... read more
    Awards won by Sarah Kirsch Short-listed, 2015 Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize   (Ice Roses)
    '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
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