Lisel Mueller

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an American poet.

She was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924 and immigrated to America at the age of 15. Her father, Fritz Neumann, was a professor at Evansville College. Her mother died in 1953. "Though my family landed in the Midwest, we lived in urban or suburban environments," she once wrote. She and her husband, Paul Mueller (d. 2001) built ...

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Monet Refuses The Operation

Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration
caused by old age, an affliction.

Moon Fishing

When the moon was full they came to the water.
some with pitchforks, some with rakes,
some with sieves and ladles,
and one with a silver cup.


In Sleeping Beauty's castle
the clock strikes one hundred years
and the girl in the tower returns to the world.
So do the servants in the kitchen,

The Laughter Of Women

The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness


What happened is, we grew lonely
living among the things,
so we gave the clock a face,
the chair a back,


Ahmed Kamal Khusro 08 September 2020

This is pure poetry. By the Grace of Allah, she is able to combine emotion and intelligence in a unique and creative way. Here metaphors are sharp and real, and bristle with meaning. I like her poetry, Alhamdolillah.

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Maria Stracke 22 December 2019

I m a friend and neighbor

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Mahtab Bangalee 20 February 2019

Lisel Mueller the name of FULL MOON of literature

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Susan Hill 09 May 2014

I'd just finished writing a lyrical letter to my grandmother (dead for over thirty years) about how the world is becoming more transparent and mystical since I've grown older and am now a grandmother when I read Mueller's poem. Lisel Mueller captured the beauty of aging-able to see, finally, the gracefulness that seems to magically appear. That we could not see the world in such poetic beauty when we were young, I now understand. I refuse the operation to restore the sight of youth, as well.

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Pam Crane 08 May 2014

'Monet Refuses the Operation is so utterly beautiful, I want to share it with my Writers' Club. What a sensitive and expressive poet is Lisel!

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David Harris 08 May 2014

I loved Monet refuses the operation. It rings so many bells - bells I have only discovered in the decade or so since I retired and have time for reflection. It's the time when old age has led me to focus on what is really valuable in life, and imagination and dreams are right at the top of the list - up there with love.

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William Goldman 08 May 2014

Of Monet refuses the Operation, I like the line Doctor, if only you could see how heaven pulls earth into its arms

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Finally! A contemporary, or modern, poet whose work appeals to me. Thank you.

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Patricia Lamb 24 August 2013

It's my Birthday, it's Christmas, it's all the best days of the year in one- I am as excited as any child on that day- because I have just discovered your works Lisel- out with Neruda, in with Mueller, my new favourite poet- oh yum and yum and yum. Delicious- how have I not met you till now? Excuse me now- off to hunt for your books -such mouthwatering anticipation, such a feast to sit down to. Thankyou thankyou thankyou, Lady.

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Harry Hopkins iii 10 May 2012

Loved Monet Refuses The Operation...a wonderful enchanted walk in the heart and mind....: -)

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Claudia Moline 08 May 2012

Thanks for sending me one of her poems. I'm only discovering her today and mean to keep on reading her from now on. Loved what I've read so far. Subtle, moving, wise.High quality literature.

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