Karin Lessing is an American poet who was born in Görlitz, a town now split by the German/Polish border, and emigrated to the United States at an early age. She has published five collections of poetry, most recently Collected Poems. Lessing has been living in the Lubéron area of Provence since 1962.
Now hailed as the French Renaissance answer to Sappho, Labé was little known until Rilke’s celebrated translations of her poems in 1918. “Light-years ahead of her time, Louise Labé jumped the gender divide, charted her own amorous destiny, wrote dazzling poetry, and became ‘one of the most celebrated women of her time.’”—Betsy Proileau