Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Naomi Raplansky (1918-2023) and her wife Eva Kollisch (b. 1925)

Naomi Raplansky, who died on 7 January 2023 at the age of 104, was sixteen when she first had poems published in "Poetry" in July 1934. Among the poets with work published in the same issue was Agnes Lee, who was born in 1868. In 2009, when she was 91, Raplansky married her longtime partner Eva Kollisch, who was then 84, as I learned from Wikipedia. There's no English Wikipedia page about Kollisch, but there's a German one, and a month before her fourteenth birthday, she was able to flee Germany to Britain with the Kindertransport in July 1939. She reunited with her parents in New York City the following year. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 11 January 2023)

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