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Erich Fried
this site contains the german originals
& my own translations
i hope despite my incomplete english
you get the confusing depth
of Erich Fried's verses


reckless artistic nature

learning process

anxiety and doubt

earn and bear

constructive self criticism


preservation of materia

strange child

liberation from the big idols

need knows no command

of the inner freedom

abandoned room

a collector


one agitated poet's questions

the edge

what it is

  need knows no command
misery makes strange bedfellows

today we have unfortunately
for gentlenesses
no time

said one
who i knew years ago already
as a churl

Not kennt kein Gebot

Heute haben wir leider
für Feinheiten
keine Zeit

sagte einer
den ich schon vor Jahren
als Grobian kannte

first published 1972
in 'Die Freiheit den Mund aufzumachen' ('The Freedom of opening one's mouth')

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