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By Heinz Piontek

Dual-language edition
translation and advent via Richard Exner

Heinz Piontek used to be a winner of the Georg Buchner Prize in 1976, an award given to German language writers of notable 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 ebook have been selected, is Piontek’s 6th quantity
of poetry. His previous poetry turns out to lie some distance at the back of regardless of
similarity in subject matter 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 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 convey praise.
Heinz Piontek is, as this quantity of originals and trans­-
lations indicates, an terribly unsleeping poet, conscious and
conscientious; to him, his complete craft is neither regimen
nor sullen.

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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. 5 Strick und Grube fur bevorzugte Falle.

Doch diese Versuche, festzuhalten, was niemand gesehen hat. Die strahlende Gestalt des Eises. 32 Concerning Old Poems The expression of treelimbs in ten degree weather— who has written about it? Cited the testimony of the incorruptible snow? Who has tried to explain something with the help of a tailfeather that rushed through whiteness? My lips are distorted with contempt for myself. More distinctly than during the summer I see only the soot fall. Yet these attempts to record what no one has seen.

53 Ich, Anton Pawlowitsch simuliere Gesundheit, putze meinen Zwicker, beobachte die Unkurierbaren. Als Einziger meiner Gilde sah ich das Weisse im Auge von Deportierten, notierte Schreie, Kniippelwunden, die Warmequelle des Mondes auf der Eisflache Sachalin. Gott starke mein Gedachtnis, denn schreibe ich nicht schon wieder von sich langweilenden Madchen, verwohnten Gaunern, griinen und grauen Dummkopfen und habe die Stirn, demnachst auch noch liber ein Feld voll Kirschbaume zu schreiben? Diese Namenslisten, Hinweise auf Landguter, die ich ans Theater sende.

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