Who is Lisel Mueller

Lisel Mueller (born February 8, 1924) is a German-American poet. She won the U.S. National Book Award in 1981 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

Life and career Mueller was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924 and immigrated to America at the age of 15. Her father, Fritz C. Neumann, was a professor at Evansville College. Her mother died in 1953. "Though my family landed in the Midwest, we lived in urban or suburban environments," she once wrote. She and her husband, Paul Mueller, who died in 2001, built a home in Lake Forest, Illinois, in the 1960s, where they raised two daughters and lived for many years. Mueller currently resides in a retirement community in Chicago. Her poems are extremely accessible, yet intricate and layered. While at tim...
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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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White 8 World 8 Life 7 Long 6 Sun 6 Speak 5 Child 5 Moon 5 Children 5 Face 5


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  • Aliner: lisel mueller on cabbage and babies and also, at this hour, for some of us... cabbage patch kids.
  • Aquotebot: “we are covered with stars. feel how light they are, our lives.” –lisel mueller
  • Cherylmoskowitz: this poem by lisel mueller feels so right for now.
  • Felwaalhudaithy: "she is dreaming a dream of flight, / a disappearance so perfect / that we suspect nothing." lisel mueller, from the need to hold still: poems; 'the escape'
  • Aliner: i am in the museum of love and death. lisel mueller
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