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Hermann Hesse

At Christmas Time

»My childhood days I think of now, / A long-forgotten fairy tale sound awakens: / Bells ring and on silver shoes / The Christkind walks though the white night.« It’s mainly childhood memories that the poet Hermann Hesse associates with Christmas. But the older he gets the more Hesse distances himself from the business-minded sentimentality that by now shapes the »holiday of love«. A dichotomy between awe and mocking distance permeates the contemplations and recollections gathered here that Hesse wrote on this »always wonderful holiday despite all falsehood«.

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Hungary (Helikon)

Esther Kinsky

Slates

Esther Kinsky’s new book is dedicated to slate, the polymorphic, versatile sedimentary rock, and to the Slate Islands, a small archipelago off the West coast of Scotland. For centuries, slate was mined on those islands that are part of the Inner Hebrides and they are lastingly shaped by the intensive industry that was abandoned many decades ago and that has left behind a bizarre landscape of debris and flooded quarries.

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Angela Krauß

Flow

Poetic existence unfolds in Angela Krauß’ magical language, a language in which reality vibrates – and dreams become tangible.

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Thomas Kunst

Colonies And Cufflinks

Thomas Kunst’s new poems are like a foray through a Luna park: Arab horsemen gather in the DIY superstore, the battle of Tours and Poitiers rages between carports and garden furniture covers in the year 732, and we encounter a Viking on 54th street in New York.

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Christian Lehnert

Cherubic Dust

Christian Lehnert’s seventh volume of poetry again goes all out: from two-line moments, to sonnets, odes and tersest and onwards to extensive, multi-facetted poems, this poetry works with a tremendous diversity of form.

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Christian Lehnert

Draughts

If you wanted to ascribe a style to Christian Lehnert’s poetry, it would most likely be that of the metaphysical poetry. In that way, his poems claim a unique position in contemporary German poetry; following the examples of poets like John Donne, Shakespeare of George Herbert, his influences stem mostly from the Anglo-Saxon tradition of poetry.

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Nicolas Mahler

Poems

A philosophy of life presented in image-poems about the absurdity of existence Poems worthy of Beckett, Cioran and Wittgenstein’s praise Written by the »existentialist of humour«

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Friederike Mayröcker

brütt

»brütt«. To Friederike Mayröcker a symbol of pain and hardship, of the cold and of grief, were it not for the »sighing gardens« that lend a soft counterbalance to the stirrings of love that she traces carefully. But did it really happen, the relationship with Joseph, or is it nothing but a chimera, but wishful thinking? In the midst of the raptures of love, certainty is never within reach. Nevertheless, the author is able to bring order into the hazy states of mind, to give name to the sensations felt and to track the inexplicable. In her unmistakable linguistic accuracy, she exposes the fragile core of love layer by layer and thus frees herself from the chains of the unspeakable.

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Previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: English world rights (Northwestern UP), France (Atelier de l'Agneau)

Friederike Mayröcker

cahier

Friederike Mayröcker doesn’t have time. Neither for résumé and memory, nor for extensive observations and reasoning and certainly not for storytelling. She doesn’t even have time for life itself if it isn’t one of writing. What counts is poetry alone, as well as »the echo-like inventions« contained in her writings, of a life that has lasted for almost a century already. On the outside, this life may be subjected to the impositions of the finitude of all human existence – on the inside and in its transformation into the eternal moment, it is constantly gaining new ways of experiencing: »(The years are becoming more incredible), the blue, slits of the sky, am ambivalent.«

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Friederike Mayröcker

études

Études is what Friederike Mayröcker calls her prose poetry and lyrical prose pieces, studies then, or »shreddings«, as she says, splintering, brittle and highly concentrated; the language heightened to the most essential of it only, that is the dissolution of boundaries between time and space, the transposition of the lived moment into an eternal here and now. All of them are variations on the evanescence of everything terrestrial – a motive that has long since become the dominant one in the poeta magica’s later works which are constantly radicalising themselves.

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Friederike Mayröcker

fleurs

fleurs – the flowers, the flower petals, they give this book its title, make us think of spring, of mild air and gently flowing ribbons. But if you let yourself be lured onto that track, you are not going to end up on a lovely field of flowers, but on stony and steep terrain: »agnus dei the footlingsz bound together, 1 bushel of white flowers in the mouth«. That’s the Mayröcker-sound that has been ringing out her whole poetic life – unsentimental, crystal clear, committed to nothing but a poetry that only ever wants the one thing: images of compelling power and vividness and a language so free, bold and unspent as if it had been newly invented for this book.

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Friederike Mayröcker

ich sitze nur GRAUSAM da

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Friederike Mayröcker

Night Train

More than an account of a train trip from Paris to Vienna, Night Train depicts a journey through life, as conceived by the female narrator.

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Friederike Mayröcker

Scardanelli

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Friederike Mayröcker

And I Shook my Beloved

Spiegel Online: »Have you ever considered writing, rather straightforwardly and at length, about your relationship with Ernst Jandl?« Mayröcker: »I’ve thought about it, but I need time.« Interview from October 26, 2001

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Marion Poschmann

Borrowed Sceneries

»Borrowed scenery« are a traditional stylistic element in East Asian garden art. A scenery beyond the gardens, often a mountian or an imposing building, is deliberately included in the composition. A small space thus opens towards the vastness and increases its spendour. These poems use the very same method.

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Italy (Del Vecchio)

Marion Poschmann

Nimbus

Nimbus, the dark cloud, is a manifestation of momentum, splendour, vastness, and yet it belongs to the realm of the amorphous, impalpable. It takes effect, it determines the atmosphere, at the same time it is withdrawn, remains uncontrollable.

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Dana Ranga

Waterbook

Dana Ranga’s poems are stations on a journey through the depths of the ocean and at the same time scenes from a sub-aquatic film. Against this strange underwater backdrop, fish and man encounter each other in a series of rapidly changing scenes, and the play of transformations begins: the air breathers grow gills and the deep-sea dwellers develop all too human passions.

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Nelly Sachs

Works. Commented Edition in Four Volumes

Sachs’ volumes of poetry, greatly influenced by the experience of the Shoah, have received profound reception throughout the world, In the Habitations of Death, Flight and Metamorphosis, Journey into a Dustless Realm, and Sternverdunklung first and foremost. Her close personal and artistic relationship with Paul Celan deeply influenced both authors’ poetry. But Nelly Sachs’ association with Swedish authors, most of all Selma Lageröf, have contributed to the fact that her work has been translated into more than 40 languages. She maintained a lively exchange with Siegfried Unseld and Hans Magnus Enzensberger, whom she named trustee of her estate, as evidenced by the exhaustive correspondences.

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Nelly Sachs

Works. Commented Edition in Four Volumes

Sachs’ volumes of poetry, greatly influenced by the experience of the Shoah, have received profound reception throughout the world, In the Habitations of Death, Flight and Metamorphosis, Journey into a Dustless Realm, and Sternverdunklung first and foremost. Her close personal and artistic relationship with Paul Celan deeply influenced both authors’ poetry. But Nelly Sachs’ association with Swedish authors, most of all Selma Lageröf, have contributed to the fact that her work has been translated into more than 40 languages. She maintained a lively exchange with Siegfried Unseld and Hans Magnus Enzensberger, whom she named trustee of her estate, as evidenced by the exhaustive correspondences.

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