By Heinz Piontek
translation and advent via Richard Exner
Heinz Piontek was once a winner of the Georg Buchner Prize in 1976, an award given to German language writers of impressive 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 useless , from which the contents
of this publication 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 topic 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 giant repository of poetic language,
informed via culture. Pathos is infrequent; in the course of the final years
there is expanding proof of a benign scepticism, of meas-
ured irony. but, while a remembered panorama, for instance,
pushes his visions into the fact, he does no longer want a lengthy
hymnic line to exhibit praise.
Heinz Piontek is, as this quantity of originals and trans-
lations indicates, an terribly wakeful poet, unsleeping and
conscientious; to him, his comprehensive craft is neither regimen
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33 Vor dem Gewitter am 21. August 1968 Schwalben leuchten auf in grosser Hohe. Kurze Schlage. Segeln vor einer dunklen Wand. Unerbittlich wird das Wort Atmosphare zum Zentnergewicht. Aber die Federleichten halten den Kurs. Ich sehe, wie sie die geladene Luft durchstossen. Gliihend. 34 Before the Thunderstorm on August 21, 1968 Swallows are luminous at great height. Short wingbeats. Sailing against a background of black. Relentlessly the word atmosphere becomes a hundredweight. But these featherlight creatures hold their course.
Sailing against a background of black. Relentlessly the word atmosphere becomes a hundredweight. But these featherlight creatures hold their course. I see them pierce the charged air. Blazing. 35 Utopische Gedichte 1 Burger Krieg, am Ende wirst du der letzte Burger sein. 2 Strassenschlachten zwischen den Farben, den Geburtstagen, den Geschlechtsteilen, den Seiten ein und desselben Buches. Kein Pardon. 3 Stadte, ihr werdet wieder durchschaubar werden. Der Traum vom Einfachen geht durchs Feuer. 4 In verbarrikadierten Hausern nimmt das Geld noch einmal die Gestalt der Renaissance an.
Doch kann man sie zwingen, nur in einer Richtung zu fliegen? Den Kampf zwischen Leiden und Tod wird das Leiden gewinnen. Der Hang 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 light. Oh yes you poems of mine that had the honor to take a man’s place.
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