Biography of Anja Utler
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.
Anja Utler Poems
hidden: that's how they wanted to generate prickle-cells,
corneal cells: spraying layers, they wanted to surround
only: rustling of: shoots the daphne's sprouting stalks, the:
soon: skinned, the branch clawed - pelt -
is: stretched, so shadows flee from the
axilla, being split by the blade
is inverted he just - finally - plunges down and
bursts forth gurgling away shrieking - a groan -
[. . .] when inhaling (inverse sound).
Thus, for example, an inverse [f] is used
For daphne: lamented
In the laurel, the metamorphosed Daphne, whose
very name signifies the laurel, grants herself to the
Daphne, like other laurel species, is highly poisonous.