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Nelly Sachs
(1891-1970) born on
Dec 10
German poet, dramatist. She was transformed by the Nazi experience from dilettante into poignant spokesman for the grief of fellow Jews; won Nobel Prize for Literature, 1966.
         
   
F
Here and there the lantern of compassion
can be shown to the fish,
where the fishhook is swallowed
or suffocation practiced.

R
You, the inexperienced, who learn nothing in the nights.
Many angels are given you
But you do not see them.
A
Bewitched is half of everything.
N
When sleep leaves the body like smoke and man, sated with secrets, drives the overworked nag of quarrel out of its stall, then the fire-breathing union begins anew . . .
K
O the chimneys
On the ingeniously devised habitations of death
When Israel's body drifted as smoke
Through the air.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Here and There the Lantern of Compassion," "O the Chimneys," 1967.
R: "Chorus of Clouds," "The Seeker and Other Poems," 1970.
A: "Bewitched is half of everything," line 1, 1957.
N: "When Sleep Enters the Body Like Smoke," St. 3, "O the Chimneys," 1967.
K: Title poem, "O the Chimneys," 1967.
   


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