Today I Commanded the Wind- Heute Befahl Ich Dem Wind a Bilingual (English/German); Lyrical Volume
|Author: ||Kahn, Lisa|
This collection of poems is dedicated to the author's mother. Through these poems she expresses her grief at the loss of her mother and hopes to help the reader to come to terms with the death of a loved one, overcome the sorrow, and go on with life.
"There can be no doubt that Kahn is one of the premier German-American poets writing today, and there is no end to her versatility. In the past her poetic themes have ranged from scenes of a Greek island with a significant amount of social criticism, to scenes from East Texas with an equal mixture of love and detailed observation, to portrayals of works of art (i.e., painting and statues), to the artistic process. . . . The emotion expressed in these elegies is intense. . . . Kahn did the English versions herself (with, she acknowledges, the help of Edna Brown). We have, then, a very rare phenomenon: an established German-language poet who is virtually completely bilingual doing parallel poems in her native and adopted languages." - Yearbook of German-American Studies