Monday, 22 June 2009

Erich Fried, On the Search

The following short poem in the current Erich Fried series highlights important aspects of poetry: found (or not found) in both writing and reading. As usual the translation is by Poet-in-Residence. The source is Fried's volume Am Rand unserer Lebenzeit (Wagenbach, Berlin).

On the Search

Night after night
I search for comfort and encouragement
in the poems
of the living and the dead

Night after night
their poems surprise me
for in them I find so little
comfort and encouragement

Night after night
their poems help me
for they search for encouragement
and comfort as I do


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