Lutz Seiler

in field latin - Poems

(German title: im felderlatein)
ca. 102 pages
Lutz Seiler
Foto: Lutz Seiler
© Jürgen Bauer

Lutz Seiler was born in 1963 in Gera, Thuringia, and today lives in Wilhelmshorst near Berlin and Stockholm.

He underwent training as a mason and a carpenter and completed his studies in 1990. Since 1997, he has been the literary director and custodian of the Peter Huchel Museum. He has traveled to Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and was writer in residence at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles and at the German Academy in Rome.

His many prizes include the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the Bremen Prize for Literature, the Fontane Prize, and most recently the Uwe-Johnson-Prize.

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in field latin or in other words: to exist in a field of language, and at the same time explore a landscape’s legends, how they come to one’s ears, in walks, in whispers, in silence.

Lutz Seiler’s new poems, written between 2004 and 2010, set off on expeditions into the borderlands surrounding Berlin, into the middle of the »syntax of this region«, marked by time’s relentless change.

At every step of the way the musical power of the poems is proven – in field latin Lutz Seiler strikes the perfect note for the most sincere exaggerations of poetry: for the wondrous history of the »very first affection« which occurred when shadows were still »small black units of pay«. Or the odysseys of the »footonauts«, equal only to the Argonauts in loyalty and persistence. And last but not least, the story of the pretty outcast Aranka who »sang from out of the hollows of her knees«. Legends spoken in field latin.


»One does not quickly finish reading these beautiful and important poems.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Other publications

Kruso/Kruso (2014)

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Die Zeitwaage/The Time-Balance (2009)

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Turksib/Turksib (2008)

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