Sarah Kirsch

Sarah Kirsch Poems

Breath Pause

The sky is smoke grey ash grey mouse grey
lead grey stone grey in the land
of sudden showers of continuous thunder
the bloated meadows the gardens

In The Country

Mornings I feed the swans evenings the cats in between
I walk over grass pass by the ruined orchards
Pear trees grow in rusty ovens, peach trees
Collapse into grass, the fences have long surrendered, iron and wood
Everything rotten and the woods embrace the garden in a lilac bush

Eichen Und Rosen

Ich habe mir in Ferlinghettis Laden
Einen Fahrplan gekauft und sitze im Pullman-Waggon
Und fahre die Küste ab Tag und Nacht und der Dichter
Spiegelt seinen Kuhschädel im Fenster wir fahren


Once they're supposed
To have formed forests and birds
Also called dragonflies little
Hen-like beings that

Free Verses

Last night I awoke knew
That I should say goodbye now
To these verses. That's how it always goes
After a few years. They have to get out

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Sarah Kirsch was a German poet.

She was born Ingrid Bernstein in Limlingerode, Prussian Saxony. She changed her first name to Sarah in order to protest against her father's anti-semitism. She studied biology in Halle and literature at the Johannes R. Becher Institute for Literature in Leipzig. In 1965, she married the writer Rainer Kirsch. She p ...

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