I live in Germany
as a woman, mum, daughter, teacher, mediator, friend, lover and poet.
Being a person who likes to get close to people and their feelings
and thoughts, my life is kind of helter-skelter sometimes. For some
time now writing poetry has been my means of downloading encounters
and experiences and the emotions caused by them.
By writing "pain" down, I not only overcome it but transcend
it also. By writing "love" down, "love" finally
shows itself as something much bigger than just the mere feelings
for a person at a certain moment. It shows sides neither I nor anybody
else sees in the moment when love is happening in real time...maybe
in my poems it shows some of its true nature.
Poetry transcends what actually happens in my "real" life:
when the words are finally on the page, it is more than what actually
occured. In a poem there might be less words than I would need if
I told the encounter to a friend, but what is on the page is more dense
and intense than anything I could say in prose. It
still amazes me that these poems come through me.
My poems are larger than me. They have their own "life".
are the closest I can get to a glimpse of the divine process of
creation, which in writing manifests itself through me
for a very short moment in time and makes me a humble servant to
Ulrike's first book of poetry "Every
Woman's Blues" can
be ordered directly from Lapwing Press, Belfast. Enquiries via email: firstname.lastname@example.org