Jürgen Becker

(1932 / Köln)

Biography of Jürgen Becker

Jürgen Becker poet

Jürgen Becker was born in Köln, Germany, in 1932. He is the author of over thirty books—including drama, fiction, and poetry—all published by Suhrkamp, Germany's premier publisher. He has won numerous prizes, including the Heinrich Böll Prize, the Uwe Johnson Prize, the Hermann Lenz Prize, and the Georg Büchner Prize, the highest honor a German-language author can receive.

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Orbital Motorway

Looking up, the chain of cranes
is switching the tip of the wedge it makes,
the direction of flight stays the same, their speed
does not change, some cry, then
others cry, the chain vanishing into the distance between
cities that are silent in the air

Translated by Catherine Hales

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