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Contributor Notes

Heinrich Eggerth


Two translations from the German by Herbert Kuhner


You my soul,

You my soul,
I hang in the trees,
drown in ponds,
throw in ditches,
lose in nothing,
forget incessantly,
poison by brooding,
deplete with doubts,
bury with the dead,
betray to my friends,
sell for words,
desert for a smile.
You my soul,
I kill every day until
the whole world lives.


The silence around

The silence around
the scream. The
soundless edge on which
the sky-bits
break. Don't say anything!
Tell the truth! Say
nothing once more!
Anyone who ever said
anything else
lied.