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Peter Rühmkorf was born in Dortmund in1929, grew up in Lower Saxony, and now lives in Hamburg, where he studied German literature, education and psychology. After working for a publishing house, he has been a freelance writer since 1964. He has traveled extensively, including to China and the United States, where he was writer-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin in 1970. He is one of Germany's most important writers and has won several literary awards such as the 1979 Erich Kästner Prize, the 1986 Arno Schmidt Prize, and the 1993 Büchner Prize. Although he often includes essays with his collections of poems, Rühmkorf is best known for his poetry, which is put together in his typical manner that is simultaneously prosaic and poetic, playful and artistic.

Auf was nur 1x ist (On What is Only Once) from Haltbar bis Ende 1999. Gedichte. : Vol. 3, No. 2

Die verworfene Tontafel spricht (The Discarded Clay Tablet Speaks) from Wenn — aber dann: Vorletzte Gedichte (Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt Verlag, 1999)

Mein Bild von der Welt (My View of the World) from Funken fleigen zwischen Hut und Schuh (Munich: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2003): Vol. 8, No. 1

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