Ulrike Almut Sandig

Ulrike Almut Sandig was born in Großenhain (GDR) in 1979 and now lives with her family in Berlin. She started publishing her poetry by pasting poems onto lamp posts in Leipzig and spreading them on flyers and free post cards. After completing her Magister in Religious Studies and Modern Indology, she subsequently graduated from the German Creative Writing Program Leipzig. Previous publications include radio plays and audio-books of poetry and pop music. She has been invited to many international literary festivals and exchanges, been granted literary residencies in Helsinki, Wellington, Delhi, Mumbai and Sydney, her fiction and poetry has been widely anthologised. In spring 2015 she was Writer in Residence at the University of Nottingham. In 2015 Ugly Duckling Press (Brooklyn, USA) launched a selection of her early poems in Bradley Schmidt’s translation. Karen Leeder’s translations of Sandig’s Thick of it (Dickicht, 2011) will appear with Seagull press in 2018.

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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