Maren Sandt

Location Annapolis, MD

About Me

I spent the first 34 years of my life in Germany and have managed to publish some minor pieces (poetry and prose) in German literary magazines and anthologies.

Since 2007, I have been living "overseas" - first in Japan, then in Maryland. And while my kids (and the M.A. I am getting in "Modern Europe: History and Literature") are keeping me busier than I've ever been, I throw out random poems in this language that I love but do not call my own.

Why do you write?

Just before I turned four years old, I wrote my first two poems. One rhymed, the other one didn't, and they each had two lines.

I have always written and always felt that it is the most natural thing in the world for me to write - more natural even than talking. I guess that reveals I am at heart an introvert, but I generally hide it well.

Ingeborg Bachmann, an Austrian writer, put it this way: "[...]I exist only when I write, I am nothing when I don't write, I am a complete stranger to myself, fallen out of myself, when I don't write." ("[...] ich existiere nur, wenn ich schreibe, ich bin nichts, wenn ich nicht schreibe, ich bin mir selbst vollkommen fremd, aus mir herausgefallen, wenn ich nicht schreibe.")

Any favorite authors? Books?

German: Judith Hermann ("Sommerhaus, später", "Nichts als Gespenster); Franziska Gerstenberg ("Wie viel Vögel"); Ingeborg Bachmann's poetry; Max Frisch ("Santa Cruz"); Paul Celan. (Celan and Frisch both were lovers of Bachmann's. Oh my.)

English: E.E. Cummings ("it may not always be so, and I say..."); Dorothea Lasky ("Awe"); Margaret Atwood ("The Tent"); Oscar Wilde ("The Picture of Dorian Gray"); Shakespeare (Sonnets); C.S. Lewis ("Till we have faces").

I have been searching for contemporary writers of English short prose, but haven't really found anything that grips me yet. I'd greatly appreciate suggestions!

Maren Sandt's Wall

LeeAnn Pickrell – Jan 13, 2012

Thanks for reading "Because we cannot know." That is what happened to me. I was fortunate to be in Rai Leh, which wasn't hit as hard as some other places in Thailand etc.

Sylvia Petter – Jan 12, 2012

Thanks, Maren. Yes I did try, but I do get caught up in my der-die-das. There's a pice on Vienna online at Gangway, one inprint at Etcetera (Austria) and the first 5 chapters of Fremdenstrudel on my blog. Writing in German is so hard though and I think it shows.

Sylvia Petter – Jan 12, 2012

Thanks for reading First Love, Maren, and for your words.

Susan Tepper – Jan 12, 2012

Maren thank you so much for reading Ash and your lovely comments.

Rachel J. Fenton – Jan 10, 2012

Hey, Maren - you have my sympathy re the kids - got a ten yr old and a three yr old - and summer hols currently.

It's difficult but I find those snatched moments to be the most useful/inspiring/fruitful.

Thank you for your feedback on "Crown-of-thorns". I agree, it can take more clues.

Beate Sigriddaughter – Jan 10, 2012

Thanks for reading "New Song of Innocence and Experience" and taking the time to comment.

Sally Houtman – Jan 10, 2012

Thank you, Maren, for reading and commenting on "Windows." This piece has special meaning to me and I am grateful for everyone who takes the time to read an comment. Thank you.

Bill Yarrow – Nov 17, 2011

Welcome to Fictionaut, Maren!

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