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Let's Face It

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A selection of poems culled from eight books originally published in German from an author whose books were burned during the Nazi Germany era. From the inside front cover blurb:

"As a 'functional' poet associated with Brecht and others, Kästner became, and has continued to be, immensely popular, but this selection of his poems is the first to be published in English.

Hardcover, First British Edition, 155 pages
Published 1963 by Jonathan Cape
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - January 6, 2012

1st & foremost, I'm certainly going to like this poetry b/c its author was a German pacifist living in Germany before, during, & after the nazi era. His books were burned in 1933 & he was actually there to see it happen. I don't envy him that. Reading his poetry, it's particularly easy to understand why the nazis hated him so much: he pays attn to & comments on aspects of German society that t
Should I implore my heart, 'My heart, be clear',
Now that the voice in which it speaks is so low?
Once it spoke clearly. That was more sincere.
Now it just whispers. And you cannot follow.

What does the heart want? You think: if it knew,
It would say it out loud, that you might know.
Then it would call till you gave it its due!
What does the heart want that goes so slow?

The things upon which children set their hearts
They do not boldly voice for all to hear.
The things upon which children set their heart
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Erich Kästner (23 February 1899 – 29 July 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature.
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