Eva Kollisch was the daughter of writer Margaret Kollisch (1893-1979), born Moller, and the architect Otto Kollisch (1881-1952). She spent her school years in Baden. In July 1939, she fled on a Kindertransport to the UK and in 1940 and she emigrated with her two brothers Peter and Stephen in the U.S., where her parents had found refuge in November 1939.
In New York, from 1941 to 1946 she was a member of the Trotskyist Workers Party and married the nephew of Max Shachtman, party activists and author Stanley Plastrik, one of the editors of the magazine Dissent. In 1950, she married her second husband, the painter Gert Berliner (* 1924) who, with others such as the painter David Gross, collectively run the cafe Rienzi, 107 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. The cafe was a kind of Mecca of the New York bohemians and there were guests such as James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan and other beatniks. The science fiction author Chester Anderson appeared as a musician.
Eva Kollisch studied German literature and science at Brooklyn College and later at Columbia University. Then she led, together with Gerda Lerner and Joan Kelly, a course for women's studies at Sarah Lawrence College. At this college, she eventually became a professor and taught English, German, comparative women literature.
From her marriage to Berliner, she had a son, the journalist Uri Berliner.
©Sheila Lamb. Eva Kollisch & Naomi Replansky (©15)
Naomi Replansky is an American poet who was born in the Bronx; she currently resides in Manhattan. SInce 1986, she's shared her life with the prose writer Eva Kollisch, who escaped from Hitler's Europe in the famous Kindertransport. As a young woman, Replansky met Brecht through a friend in New York. While in LA, she translated a Brecht poem called "The Swamp," which she says probably described the morphine addiction of the actor Peter Lorre, a close friend of Brecht in Europe and California.
The retired scientist and writer is still politically active and lives with her partner, the American poet Naomi Replansky (* 1918), in New York.
Eva Kollisch is 2012 winner of the Theodor Kramer Prize.
Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Kollisch (in German)
Naomi Replansky (born May 23, 1918) is an American poet who was born in the Bronx; she currently resides in Manhattan. SInce 1986, she's shared her life with the prose writer Eva Kollisch (born August 17, 1925 in Wien), who escaped from Hitler's Europe in the famous Kindertransport. As a young woman, Replansky met Brecht through a friend in New York, and their association continued. While in LA, she translated a Brecht poem called "The Swamp," which she says probably described the morphine addiction of the actor Peter Lorre, a close friend of Brecht in Europe and California.
Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, such as No More Masks!, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies, and Poets of the Non-Existent City: Los Angeles in the McCarthy Era. Four collections of her work have appeared: Ring Song (Scribners 1952), Twenty-One Poems, Old and New (Gingko Press 1988), The Dangerous World: New and Selected Poems, 1934-1994 (Another Chicago Press 1994), Collected Poems (Black Sparrow Press/Godine, forthcoming 2011).
"My chief poetic influences," Replansky states, "have been William Blake, folk songs, Shakespeare, George Herbert, Emily Dickinson and Japanese poetry."
Ring Song, containing poems written from 1936 to 1952, was nominated for the National Book Award. Of the following hiatus in publication, she says, “I write slowly.” The chapbook Twenty-One Poems contains versions of work contained in the other two collections. The Dangerous World contains forty-two new poems as well as twenty-five revised poems from Ring Song. The meticulousness of her work indicates a painstaking mind and an unusual degree of perfectionism in the craftsmanship of her poems. Though often small in scale, they are giant in meaning.
The clarity and power of Replansky's work have been praised by such writers as David Ignatow, Marie Ponsot, Grace Paley, and Ursula K. Le Guin. George Oppen wrote of her in 1981: “Naomi Replansky must be counted among the most brilliant American poets. That she has not received adequate praise is one of the major mysteries of the world of poetry.” Booklist said of The Dangerous World, “with timeless grace, she sets each poem simmering with powerful phrasing and universal experience.... Replansky brings us ageless work in a collection that should not be missed.”
She is also known for her translations from Yiddish and from the German of Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Bertolt Brecht; Brecht's "Der Sumpf," set by composer Hanns Eisler as one of five "Hollywood Elegies," was long known only in her version ("The Swamp") until the original resurfaced among Peter Lorre's papers and was published in the 1997 Frankfurt edition. Her translation of Brecht's play, "St. Joan of the Stockyards" was performed off-Broadway by the Encounter Theater Company. She has been a guest teacher at Pitzer College. She has given readings in New York, Minneapolis and elsewhere, and has resided in Paris, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Replansky's work has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. An oil on linen portrait of Replansky by the artist Joseph Solman is in the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Naomi Replansky, 1995, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1125694)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digital
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