Silke Scheuermann

(1973 / Karlsruhe)

Silke Scheuermann
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Silke Scheuermann was born on 15 June 1973 in Karlsruhe. After studying literature and theatre in Frankfurt, she continued to work there as a lecturer.

She has published both poetry and prose in various journals and anthologies, amongst others in ‚neue deutsche literatur’, ‚Beste Erzähler 2001’, edited by Verena Auffermann (DVA), and ‚Lagebesprechung’, edited by Kurt Drawert.

At the Literarischer März 2001 in Darmstadt she received, together with Sabine Scho, the Leonce-und-Lena-Preis ‚in recognition of the originality of her tone, a musical idiom of ironic melancholy that is well formed and yet knows how to embrace things almost nonchalantly.’ In their citation the ... more »

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The day when the seagulls sang in two parts

While the water ebbs away and jellyfish are stranded
unaffected by the salt
by oxidation and the sun
you envy the children who push their heels
into the sand poking for shells their security
with a violence which takes you
completely by surprise

Your eye is cleansed has sharper pupils now
while the surge gobbles its way back into the sea
you lack something
several years
in morsels small as the back of a stamp
white as the flesh of the octopus were snatched by the seagulls
There's a pain there whose link with your head is severed

Sinewy streaks ...

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