Anja Utler

(1973 / Schwandorf)

Anja Utler
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Anja Utler was born in Schwandorf in 1973. She studied eastern Slavonic languages and literature, Anglistics and elocution in Regensburg, Norwich and St Petersburg. She made her poetry debut in 1999 with the volume aufsagen. In 2003, Utler received a doctorate for her thesis on female Russian Modernist poets. In the same year, she was presented with the Leonce-und-Lena-Preis, the most important award for young poets in the German-speaking world. She now lives in Vienna. more »

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Sibyl - poem in eight syllables

Сивилла: выжжена, сивилла: ствол.
Все птицы вымерли, но Бог вошел.

Sibyl: burned out, Sibyl: the trunk.
All the birds perished, but God came in.

(Marina Cvetaeva)

has touched the: spores, bare-eyed: bared mouth is in-
flamed, sibyl, she shudders, glows: sand singes the tips the
finger the tongue strikes sparks in her body: blazes up

she: sways, sibyl, slave to slithering sands she rushes, streams
— myriad pores — she wafts away she ...

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