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Durs Grünbein

Durs Grünbein is the author of six volumes of poetry; Ashes for Breakfast, his first book to be translated into English, will be published in February by Farrar, Straus.

Two Poems

Durs Grünbein, translated by Michael Hofmann, 4 November 2004

In the Provinces 3 (Bohemia)

The silence round a dead mole on the edge of a wheat field is deceptive. Under it is a rendezvous for beetles, armed and in black. Above it wheels a hawk with ruffled wings, till he veers away. Like sappers at the double, ants dig a trench along the spine. On its inside the wires are glowing, nervous maggots on the ticker tape. From the stomach lining traders in...

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