Alive or Dead (Unicorn German Series)
translation and advent through Richard Exner
Heinz Piontek was once a winner of the Georg Buchner Prize in 1976, an award given to German language writers of outstanding expertise. I hugely suggest taking a look into the gathering of prize winners on bibliotik. The authors and their writings current nice publicity to German language literature to a world audience.
from Exner's Introduction:
The assortment Alive or lifeless , from which the contents
of this e-book have been selected, is Piontek’s 6th quantity
of poetry. His previous poetry turns out to lie some distance in the back of regardless of
similarity in subject and perspective. He X-rays his period, its slo-
gans and ideologies; he states a few disagreeable truths. He is
eloquent yet no longer wordy. He has develop into a grasp at slicing
his personal poems to the bone. His vocabulary of necessities and
essences is distilled from a colossal repository of poetic language,
informed through culture. Pathos is infrequent; in the course of the final years
there is expanding facts of a benign scepticism, of meas-
ured irony. but, whilst a remembered panorama, for instance,
pushes his visions into the fact, he does no longer desire a lengthy
hymnic line to show praise.
Heinz Piontek is, as this quantity of originals and trans-
lations exhibits, an terribly wide awake poet, conscious and
conscientious; to him, his complete craft is neither regimen
Deiner Gedichte 14 Litany for the lifeless Poet von der Vring at the back of the watercolors of raindrenched gardens at the back of patrician homes schoolclocks canals at the back of the hay and straw of vegetation at the back of summer time and autumn in the back of the notice Flanders in the back of the lips of a Swabian girl at the back of the blue mist as in the back of the legend of white floating hair and the physique pulled ashore at the back of obstinacy phantasm love in the back of the absolutely paid cost at the back of a dike on the river Weser they'll wake up you the silverthroated.
The June rain on a highway in Vienna. Our liberation lies within the air. an summary seems sooner than transparent yet marked eyes. Inexorability doesn't exist. forty three Madrigal In unserm W interquartier treiben wir den iciness aus Treiben wir den wintry weather aus an Rhein und Donau auf dem verdorbnen Feld Beisst auch wie Schrot der Schnee Wehr dich nur Antichrist Wir treiben Feuer bergan Madrigal In our wintry weather quarters we expel the iciness force the wintry weather out close to Rhine and Danube at the spoilt box And if the.
Das Leiden gewinnen. Der hold steiler, das Wegende scharfer, das Blau reiner: Schritt um Schritt. Sprache ist Luft fiir mich. Unanfechtbarkeit im Luftleeren. Die letzte Klarheit ist nichtssagend. Das Klare ist nicht das Unmogliche, sondern das Unmogliche ist das Klare. Das Schweigen verrat dich. Worter, bis zum Hals in Wortern. 60 from New Passwords The shadow of my pen throws a telling gentle. Oh certain you poems of mine that had the dignity to take a man’s position. Now you want to converse for stones.
Command of language, metaphor and image is remarkable; an writer whose each new ebook opens new linguistic and psychological territory, a free-lance artist who has created an viewers for himself, a fashioner instead of a follower of tastes. wondered critics have known as him a “modern vintage” ; in the mean time, he's himself and be lieves that man’s property needs to continuously be delineated, de fended, summarized and praised, lest it's brutalized or wasted. the author, additionally, as magician: whereas the.
via admiration and consent, with many lifeless and a few residing poets.” The assortment a l iv e or useless , from which the contents of this e-book were selected, is Piontek’s 6th quantity of poetry. His previous poetry turns out to lie a long way at the back of regardless of similarity in topic and perspective. He X-rays his period, its slo gans and ideologies; he states a few disagreeable truths. he's eloquent yet now not wordy. He has develop into a grasp at slicing his personal poems to the bone. His vocabulary of necessities and essences.