translated from the German by Rosmarie Waldrop
Ernest Wichner was born in 1952 in Zăbrani [Guttenbrunn], Banat, Romania, and has been living in Germany since 1975. He translates from the Romanian and directs the Literaturhaus in Berlin. His awards include the Lyrik-Stipendium Niedersachsen (1997) and the Preis der Stadt Münster für Europäische Poesie (2005). His books of poetry include Steinsuppe (1988), Die Einzahl der Wolken (2003), Rückseite der Gesten (2003), "Bin ganz wie aufgesperrt" (2010), and Neuschnee und Ovomaltine (2010).
Rosmarie Waldrop is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Driven to Abstraction, Curves to the Apple, and Blindsight (all three from New Directions), and Love, Like Pronouns (Omnidawn). Her Collected Essays, Dissonance (if you are interested), was published by University of Alabama Press in 2005. Two novels, The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter and A Form/of Taking/It All, are available in a single paperback (Northwestern UP, 2001). She has translated fourteen volumes of Edmond Jabès's work (her memoir, Lavish Absence: Recalling and Rereading Edmond Jabès, is out from Wesleyan UP) as well as books by Emmanuel Hocquard, Jacques Roubaud, and, from the German, Friederike Mayröcker, Elke Erb, Oskar Pastior, Gerhard Rühm, Ulf Stolterfoht. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where she co-edits Burning Deck Books with Keith Waldrop.