Paper $10.50 ISBN: 9780857428356 Published April 2021
Cloth $19.00 ISBN: 9780857425560 Published August 2018 World sales rights except India
An e-book edition will be published.

Thick of It

Ulrike Almut Sandig

Thick of It

Ulrike Almut Sandig

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Karen Leeder
96 pages | 5 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $10.50 ISBN: 9780857428356 Published April 2021
Cloth $19.00 ISBN: 9780857425560 Published August 2018 World sales rights except India
E-book $15.00 ISBN: 9780857425621 Will Publish May 2021
The poems of Ulrike Almut Sandig are at once simple and fantastic. This new collection finds her on her way to imaginary territories. Thick of It charts a journey through two hemispheres to “the center of the world” and navigates a “thicket” that is at once the world, the psyche, and language itself. The poems explore an urgently urban reality, but that reality is interwoven with references to nightmares, the Bible, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes—all overlaid with a finely tuned longing for a disappearing world. The old names are forgotten, identities fall away; things disappear from the kitchen; everything is sliding away. Powerful themes emerge, but always mapped onto the local, the fractured individual in “the thick of it” all. This is language at its most crafted and transformative, blisteringly contemporary, but with a kind of austerity, too. By turns comic, ironic, skeptical, nostalgic, these poems are also profoundly musical, exploiting multiple meanings and stretching syntax, so that the audience is constantly kept guessing, surprised by the next turn in the line.
Translator’s Introduction

you wrote yourself the poem of it

slender shadows
my friends
so I’ve been told
like sunshine, like winter, like wind
being inspected
behind my eyes
for the beast
my dog’s heart
practice for being away
heavy creatures
of the skies
from the plane you see
was once
one apple, two cups
denuded trees
friends still laughing
red rover, red rover
let’s flatten the grass, keep quiet, keep still
to the centre of the world

centre of the world
the centre of each of our bodies

hunting song
everyone else was lost without trace
the open sea
what happened next we do not know
under the churchyard
the glittering cities of central Europe
yours faithfully
yours sincerely
portrait of a woman
this photo of us
we’ve shut up shop
conversation with the centaur
the shoes worn out with dancing
open your eyes!
it will all still be there
everything comes
the white surface that is your heart
all that you and I know

taken leave

Translator’s Acknowledgements
Review Quotes
NDR Kultur
“A volume of poetry to be read quietly—to be quiet then.”
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