Who is Lisel Mueller

Lisel Mueller (born Elisabeth Neumann, February 8, 1924 – February 21, 2020) was a German-born American poet, translator and academic teacher. Her family fled the Nazi regime, and she arrived in the U.S. in 1939 at the age of 15. She worked as a literary critic and taught at the University of Chicago, Elmhurst College and Goddard College. She began writing poetry in the 1950s and published her first collection in 1965, after years of self-study. She received awards including the National Book Award in 1981 and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1997, as the only German-born poet awarded that prize.

Life and career

Mueller was born Elisabeth Neumann in Hamburg. Her father, Fritz C. Neumann, was a high school teacher at the Gymnasium Alstertal. A progressive educator...
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Lisel Mueller Poems

  • Reading The Brothers Grimm To Jenny
    Jenny, your mind commands
    kingdoms of black and white:
    you shoulder the crow on your left,
    the snowbird on your right; ...
  • Scenic Route
    For Lucy, who called them "ghost houses."

    Someone was always leaving ...
  • Another Version
    Our trees are aspens, but people
    mistake them for birches;
    they think of us as characters
    in a Russian novel, Kitty and Levin ...
  • The Laughter Of Women
    The laughter of women sets fire
    to the Halls of Injustice
    and the false evidence burns
    to a beautiful white lightness ...
  • Bedtime Story
    The moon lies on the river
    like a drop of oil.
    The children come to the banks to be healed
    of their wounds and bruises. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Lisel Mueller

White 8 World 8 Life 7 Long 6 Sun 6 Speak 5 Child 5 Moon 5 Children 5 Face 5

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Danielc87173381: privilege a guy whose therapist says he demands too little of life sits alone on a frigid morning reading lisel mueller coffee at his elbow cat curled at his feet and feels like . . . a fat cat
Brainpicker: "in any age, life has to be lived before we can know what it is." i was reminded today of these lines by poet lisel mueller (who died last month at age 96) in my heavily dog-eared copy of her soul-salving book "alone together." more of it here:
Chelsdingman: “we are covered with stars. feel how light they are, our lives.” —lisel mueller
Princessekateri: “what luxury, to be so happy that we can grieve over imaginary lives.” ~ lisel mueller ‘late hours’
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John Milton Poem
 by John Milton

Part of an entertainment presented to the Countess Dowager of
Darby at Harefield, by som Noble persons of her Family, who
appear on the Scene in pastoral habit, moving toward the seat
of State with this Song.


Look Nymphs, and Shepherds look,

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