Lisel Mueller Poems
- The Laughter Of Women The laughter of women sets fire to the...
- What The Dog Perhaps Hears If an inaudible whistle blown ...
- Curriculum Vitae 1992 1) I was born in a Free City, near ...
- Alive Together Speaking of marvels, I am alive together with...
- Moon Fishing When the moon was full they came to the ...
- Why We Tell Stories For Linda Foster I
- Things What happened is, we grew lonely living among the ...
an American poet.
She was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924 and immigrated to America at the age of 15. Her father, Fritz Neumann, was a professor at Evansville College. Her mother died in 1953. "Though my family landed in the Midwest, we lived in urban or suburban environments," she once wrote. She and her husband, Paul Mueller (d. 2001) built a home in Lake Forest, Illinois in the 1960s, where they raised two daughters and lived for many years. Mueller currently resides in a retirement community in Chicago. Her poems are extremely accessible, yet intricate and layered. While at times whimsical and possessing a sly humor, there is an underlying sadness in much of her ... more »
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The Laughter Of Women
The laughter of women sets fire
to the Halls of Injustice
and the false evidence burns
to a beautiful white lightness
It rattles the Chambers of Congress
and forces the windows wide open
so the fatuous speeches can fly out
The laughter of women wipes the mist
from the spectacles of the old;
it infects them with a happy flu
and they laugh as if they were young again
Prisoners held in underground cells
imagine that they see daylight
when they remember the laughter of women
It runs across water that divides,
and reconciles two ...