Valuable Nail: Selected Poems

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Oberlin College, 1981 - Poetry - 114 pages
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This first book-length collection of Eich’s poems in English makes available a poet who was a soldier and prisoner of war and then began to resurrect his native tongue as a language for poetry. These poems were translated over a period of fifteen years, often in consultation with the author until his death in 1972.

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A Note on the Translations
A Giinter Eich Chronology

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STUART FRIEBERT has published 11 books of poems in English and German; he is widely known as the co-editor of Oberlin College Press: Field; and other collections. He has taught at Oberlin College since 1961, and directs the Oberlin Writing Program. He has also won a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

David Walker was born in or near Wilmington, North Carolina, the son of a slave father and a free black mother (thus, under the laws of slavery, he was born free). the year of his birth is uncertain, although the most convincing recent research contends that it was 1796 or 1797. By his own account in the "Appeal," Walker left Wilmington as a young man and wandered around the United States, residing for an unspecified period in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1825, he turned up as a used-clothes dealer in Boston, where he would spend the rest of his abbreviated life. He died suddenly in 1830.
Sean Wilentz is the Cotsen Fellow and professor of history at Princeton University. His books include "Chants Democratic" and, with Paul E. Johnson, "The Kingdom of Matthias,"

David Young is a respected writer, commentator, journalist, environmentalist, and historian. Working independently in the field of history and the environment he work explores the nature-culture relationship, including perspectives from indigenous nature and indigenous culture.

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