- angel story
i want to die in winter, when the ashes of snow begin, the man told me through the window where he spent his days. he had absolved himself of everything and caught light between his wings and opened them in the snow. i often stood below and smelled his white voice, which then dropped. in my wordlessness, with empty hands, i named him the angel. he often read my lips and compared it with the words. i believed him. it was our hideout. whatever will remain, never was. between his eyes, my gaze came apart. the street was closed off, the house de-bricked. i love ruins: they are patient, was the last i heard him say. without legs, they carried him. he died, without speaking again. i left home, rented a room at the lake, rarely looked out the window, except for in winter time, at the snow, when it burned up in the water. [End Page 40]
Andreas Altmann was born in Hainichen (Saxony) and now lives in Berlin. He studied social pedagogy and works as a social worker. He has published seven collections of poetry and won several poetry prizes, among them the 2012 Prize for Literature of the Saxon Ministry of Art.
Birgit Bunzel Linder has received degrees from the University of Cologne, Germany, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She teaches Chinese and comparative literature, Gothic literatures, madness and literature, and Medical Humanities at the City University of Hong Kong. She has published poetry and photography in Asian Cha, the International Literature Quarterly, Cerebration, Kavya Bharati, Clockwise Cat, Mad Poets Review, and various other anthologies. In 2012, she won the International Proverse Prize for Unpublished Poetry for her 2013 collection Shadows in Deferment, and in 2016 she received the Arts Development Council Award for Literary Arts for her forthcoming collection of poetry Bliss of Bewilderment.