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Lisel Mueller

Lisel Mueller

Lisel Mueller was born in Hamburg, Germany, on February 8, 1924. Her books of poetry include Alive Together: New & Selected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 1996), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Learning to Play by Ear (1990); Waving from Shore (1989); Second Language (1986); The Need to Hold Still (1980), which received the National Book Award; Voices from the Forest (1977); The Private Life, which was the 1975 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Dependencies (1965). She has also published several volumes of translation, most recently Circe's Mountain by Marie Luise Kaschnitz (1990). Her honors include the Carl Sandburg Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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1992

1) I was born in a Free City, near the North Sea.

2) In the year of my birth, money was shredded into 
confetti. A loaf of bread cost a million marks. Of 
course I do not remember this.

3) Parents and grandparents hovered around me. The 
world I lived in had a soft voice and no claws.

4) A