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Selected Poems
Günter Eich; Stuart Friebert, trans.; David Walker, trans.; David Young, trans.

FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin College Press
1981 • 120 pp. 5 x 7"
Poetry - European

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-09-9

Trans. from the German

This first book-length collection of Eich’s poems in English makes available a poet who was a soldier and prisoner of war and then began to resurrect his native tongue as a language for poetry. These poems were translated over a period of fifteen years, often in consultation with the author until his death in 1972.

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From the Book:

Quotation From Norway

We continue to think
the grass on the rooftops,
leave the fjords to the left,
partisans of the fog.
Where can you cry
in this country?
The lemmings
have gone into the sea.
The tobacco pouches
of polar explorers
preserve Time
in little crumbs.

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 13:21:58 -0500