Ilona Bodden

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Ilona Bodden (married Löbering ; born February 8, 1940 in Hildesheim , † April 17, 1985 in Hamburg ) was a German poet, children's book author and translator.

Gravestone in the "women's garden"


Ilona Bodden was the daughter of a bookseller. She grew up in Braunschweig, where she passed the Abitur and then temporarily worked in the book trade. At the end of the 1950s she published her first poems in Westermann's monthly magazine . Manfred Hausmann encouraged her to continue the poetic work.

In 1960 she published her first volume of poetry with Poplars, Black Feathers from Night . Karl Krolow said: "In her poems, which achieve a high degree of lyrical concentration and lyrical seriousness, time, season and landscape meet in a few lines in an exemplary manner and result in works of deep, sometimes violent imagery". She started studying psychology and German. In 1973 she met Jacques Prévert in Paris, who influenced her work. In 1974 the poetry volume Memories of an Obelisk followed . She published in German, Austrian and Swiss newspapers and magazines. She worked for radio, including Südwestfunk , Radio Bremen and RIAS . From the mid-1970s she wrote a number of children's books. She also translated from Italian, English and French and, in addition to German, she contributed to Italian and Hungarian poetry anthologies. In Italy she was awarded five literary prizes.

She lived with her husband Günter Löbering, a journalist, in Hamburg on the Hoheluftchaussee. There she took her own life in 1985, a few days after the death of her husband.

Ilona Bodden is remembered in the women's garden memorial at Ohlsdorf cemetery in Hamburg.


  • 1971: Premio Internazionale di Poesia Gradara (also 1973)
  • 1972: Premio Picenum (also 1974)
  • 1977: Premio Letterario Internazionale Tolentino Terme (for poetry in Italian)

Works (selection)

  • Poplars, black feathers from night . Wegner, Hamburg 1960.
  • The glass bird. Poems against time . Bläschke, St. Michael 1980.
  • Shadow zones. Poems out of time . Bläschke, St. Michael 1981, ISBN 3-7053-1469-1 .
  • The rooster carriage. Poems for children . Ellermann, Munich 1980, ISBN 3-7707-6260-6 .
  • The casing of the time. New poems . Bläschke, St. Michael 1983, ISBN 3-7053-2066-1 .
Children's books
  • Tom and Tina and the shaggy dog . Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 1974, ISBN 3-451-16926-6 .
  • Mole Julius and the noodle tree . Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 1979, ISBN 3-451-17134-1 .
  • Hi Ha lumbago. New rhymes and puzzles for every day . Schneider, Munich 1983, ISBN 3-505-08528-6 .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ According to other sources also in 1927, see discussion page .
  2. Quoted from Munzinger archive
  3. ^ Ilona Bodden In: The European