In the Morning We Are Glass
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Andra Schwarz's background is Sorbian, a little-known West Slavic minority whose culture and language, as well as the landscape, are increasingly endangered by politics, mining, and assimilation. Her probing, unpunctuated poems explore displacement, marginalization, loss, nature, and memory from personal and collective perspectives. In the forests and hillsides of her native Lusatia, she explores her roots in exquisite language, even as she mourns that "no one comes back this way.
Zephyr Press, 9781938890833, 144pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
About the Author
Andra Schwarz was born in 1982 in Upper Lusatia in Saxony, Germany and currently lives in Leipzig where she studied creative writing at the Deutsche Literaturinstitut. She won the Open Mike Lyric Prize in 2015 and the Leonce and Lena Prize in 2017. She was awarded a residency at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin in 2018 and a grant by the Kulturstiftung Sachsen in 2019. Her debut collection of poetry, Am morgen sind wir aus glas (Leipzig: Poetladen), was published in the Fall of 2017. Her work has also appeared in Maulkorb, Ostragehege, L - der Literaturbote, Jahrbuch der Lyrik., and others.