poet Ulrike Almut Sandig

Ulrike Almut Sandig

Biography of Ulrike Almut Sandig

Ulrike Almut Sandig poet

Ulrike Almut Sandig was born in Großenhain (Saxony), in 1979, and grew up in the German town of Riesa, near Dresden. After working in France for a year, she moved to Leipzig in 1998, where she still lives today. She made several extended study-trips to India, and together with Marlen Pelny founded the literary project 'augenpost' (Poetry for all, www.augenpost.de), where the two brought poetry to the streets of Leipzig, pasting poems on lampposts, traffic lights, and building hoardings. She completed her degree in Religious Studies and modern Indian languages and literature in 2005

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[my heimat]

i have forgotten the names of the large birds
each june a brood falls from the ridge of a barn that now
stands empty. later in the year they stand stiffly on the fields,
from the street the coats curdled white, from a distance
smells of cheap bouquets + steel + possessions
affected by the storm the other day: my heimat
in the heimat names break on the soil's ridge,
in a word: what is raised there i find strange.