Christine Lavant

(1915-1973 / Lavant Valley, Carinthia)

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Christine Lavant was an Austrian poet and novelist.

Lavant was born in the hamlet of Großedling (today part of Wolfsberg) in the Lavant Valley, Carinthia, the ninth child of a poor miner's family. Later she adopted the name of the valley as her pseudonym.

The newborn suffered from scrofula of the breast, neck and face, and nearly went blind. From the age of three, the child ... more »

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Ich Hoere Kommen Den Schweren Mond

ICH HOERE KOMMEN den schweren Mond,
ich hoere gehen den leichten Schlaf,
mein Gedaechtnis schleift alle Messer
am Stein des Gedenkens.

Fuenf Kraehen frassen den Mohnkopf lehr,
seine Krone schleppt eine Kreuzotter fort
und beschlaeft in der Herzmulde traege
den Samen des Schlafes.

Die Messerchen singen fromm und gestaehlt:
Wir werden schlachten den fetten Mond,
wir warden haeuten die freche Natter
und saeubern die klaegliche Mulde.

Ich hoere fallen den schweren Mond,
ich hoere zischen das schlanke Tier,
fuenf mutige Voegel verpflanzen
das...

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