Links to recitals of my own poems can be found with the poem’s text.

image: set Death Fugue
by Paul Celan
“Paul Celan: Poems.trans. by Michael Hamburger”. New York: Persea Books, 1980; “Breathurn”. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1995.

“I am writing to you to thank you for your contribution to Race Action Kettering’s Holocaust Memorial Day event. Your poem was a terrific credit to both the author and the reader. We were all very moved by your rendition.” (Ron Sawford, Northamptonshire Racial Equality Council).

That comment reflects the power of Michael Hamburger’s translation of Paul Celan’s Death Fugue, but I’m glad I wasn’t seen to make a mess of reciting it, and it’s important to me to remind people of the dangers of racism.

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