This collection is the only available edition of Fried’s poetry in English. Hailed as a major modern poet by the British press, his reputation is also firmly established in Europe.
Fried’s poetry holds some of the most tender lines of poetry in any language. The universal theme of humanity and the various issues that perplex the human race are central to the reading of his poetry. A stoic who could find humour and an optimistic message in every aspect of human life, Fried’s depth of vision and humility warms and consoles the reader.
'A poetry bared to the ironic quick, to the quintessential bone,and it is alive and alarming in Stuart Hood's excellent translations from the German.' The Guardian
'Hood’s sensitive translation accurately captures Fried’s style, his incisive, constant questioning and his refusal to shy away from any issue… an apposite introduction to the English-speaking reader of an important contemporary German poet.' TLS
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