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Uwe Kolbe was born in East Berlin in 1957 and, after having lived in Hamburg and after lengthy stays abroad, now lives again in the eastern part of Berlin. He emerged early as a poet of major stature; his collection of poems, Hineingeboren [1980, Born Into], has been credited with expressing--even in its title--the feeling of the young generation. After several moves in Germany and lengthy stays abroad (starting in 1985, when he was issued a travel visa by the GDR), he has now returned to Berlin after a multi-year appointment to teach creative writing athe the University of Tübingen. The poems in Volume 7, Number 2/3 illustrate Kolbe's typical emphasis on personal experience and a personal tone.

Berlin Anfang Dezember (Berlin Early December ) from Nicht wirklich platonisch: Vol. 1, No. 3

Appointments with a Renegade's Fate: The Individual Departure from Socialist Utopia

Für Allen Ginsberg, ... und andere Gedichte (For Allen Ginsberg, ... and other poems) from Vineta (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1998): Vol. 6, No. 2/3

Ich habe es wie immer gemacht und andere Gedichte (I Have Done It as Usual and other poems) from Die Farben des Wassers (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2001): Vol. 7, No. 2/3

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