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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

  liberation from the big idols

none less superior
than Leonardo da Vinci
is instructing us
>> Who's ever quoting authorities
is using his memory
but not
his mind <<

remember finally :
with Leonardo
get away from the authorities!

Befreiung von den grossen Vorbildern

Kein Geringerer
als Leonardo da Vinci
lehrt uns
>> Wer immer nur Autoritaeten zitiert
macht zwar von seinem Gedaechtnis Gebrauch
doch nicht
von seinem Verstand <<

Praegt euch das endlich ein:
Mit Leonardo
los von den Autoritaeten!

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

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