Karen Leeder

Karen Leeder is a writer, translator and academic, and teaches German at New College, Oxford. She translates a number of German writers into English: most recently Volker Braun, Rubble Flora: Selected Poems, with David Constantine for Seagull. She was awarded an English PEN award and an American PEN/Heim award for her translations from Ulrike Almut Sandig’s Dickicht (Thick of it) in 2016.

you wrote yourself the poem of it

Translated by Karen Leeder beneath you the earth, always turning. above you the silhouette of trees against the steep arc of the sun. the sky is splayed wide open a moon turning in time. behind you the soundless peaks of …

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