Nelly Sachs

Nelly Sachs (1891 – 1970) was Jewish-German poet born in Berlin. The author of seven books of poetry, she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966 and is considered one of the major German-language poets of the twentieth century. She died in Stockholm, the city she fled to as a refugee thirty years earlier in a narrow escape from Nazi Germany. Her book Flucht und Verwandlung (Flight and Metamorphosis), from which this excerpt is taken, was published in 1959.