Marcel Beyer receives Peter Huchel Prize 2021


We are delighted to announce that the 2021 Peter Huchel Prize for German-language poetry has been awarded to Marcel Beyer. The jury honoured Beyer’s most recent work Demon Removal Service as the outstanding publication of the genre in 2020.

The jury states that: »Marcel Beyer’s poems are adventurous expeditions into familiar territory that suddenly seems strange and eerie. The parental home and Elvis, childhood impressions, magical encounters and phenomena of pop culture and the heroes of the gossip columns – all of this is captured in Beyer’s strictly composed poems, put into extraordinary contexts, alienated and arranged anew through the means of quotes, collages, humour and ironic twists. The title Demon Removal Service is indeed meant to be taken literally. The ghosts of the most recent German past are invoked only to be whirled around and subjected to a poetic choreography: a clean-up operation in the mind’s eye of an inventive author.«

The Peter Huchel Prize for German-language poetry, endowed with 10,000 Euros and awarded by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Südwestrundfunk, was established in 1984 and is given each year to an exceptional work of poetry from the previous year. It was created to honour the literary work by German-language poets. At the same time, it intends to draw public attention to the genre of poetry itself. The prize commemorates Peter Huchel (born in Groß-Lichterfelde near Berlin in 1903), the eminent poet and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Sinn und Form.
Past recipients include Ernst Jandl, Durs Grünbein, Thomas Kling, Monika Rinck, Friederike Mayröcker and Thilo Krause.

author photo: © Jürgen Bauer

Demon Removal Service
Marcel Beyer
Demon Removal Service