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German is my native language, the language I grew up with, the language I speak at home. German is also the language I usually write in.

However, it happens more and more often that instinctively I use English words. The poem FOOD COURT originates from one of these “English moods”. It is the first poem I have written in English and kind of liked the result. And guess where I was sitting when I wrote it…


two hundred tables
and even more chairs
so many people
and nobody cares
heels clicking and walking
mouths eating and talking
loud fog of voices
disgusting noises

bright plastic light
grabs your solitude tight.

© Katja John, 2012

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