The quiet pastoral of a river scene carries strong undercurrents of traumatic historical memory
Kramer was born in Mainz in 1923, and now lives in Peterborough. She has said elsewhere that there are three rivers she lays claim to, the Rhine, the Thames and the Nene. Perhaps currents from all three intermingle in Silence. Another earlier poem, Bilingual describes the sea as "liquid memory" a phrase which suggests a fourth, subterranean river in Silence. This memory-river flows from the first word, "Today", to the remoter distances of the second stanza: "I left them in their blinding talk … " Deictic terms like "Here" and "Now" turn out to be rather more transitory as foot-holds than they first appear.