Illustrated by Stella Tripp
Like Gerda Mayer, Karen Gershon came to England as a refugee from Nazi Europe. Her poems on the cruel fate of her people — and especially of her own family in Bielefeld — were published by Gollancz in the 1960s and '70s, when they received widespread acclaim.
The ‘New Garland’ collection is made up of previously unpublished poems. They come from a body of work which she prepared prior to her death, under the title of Notes of a Heart Patient.
‘With younger eyes I only saw
the world as it affected me:
I looked at it for my own sake;
old eyes are teaching me to look
with more humility and show
the brute and brave reality’
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