Kochanie, Today I Bought Bread

Uljana Wolf


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World Poetry Books
23 November 2023
ISBN: 9781954218154
128 pages

From the publisher

Translated from German by Greg Nissan

"Uljana Wolf ’s first book begins with pain, a hospital, with a daughter who rebels against the controlling word of the fathers. But it goes farther. Its mouth shifts, playfully inventive, though with a dark undertone of Polish-German history, to find bread in language. Then even a mattress becomes translatable and everything connects 'in this border trade / on my tongue.'"- Rosmarie Waldrop

The lyrical, imaginatively-crafted debut collection by one of Germany’s most important contemporary poets explores the “shifting of the mouth” toward the other, toward translation, toward a reckoning with historical silences.