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 having 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 e-book have been selected, is Piontek’s 6th quantity
of poetry. His prior poetry turns out to lie a ways in the back of regardless of
similarity in subject and perspective. He X-rays his period, its slo-
gans and ideologies; he states a few disagreeable truths. He is
eloquent yet now not 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 tremendous repository of poetic language,
informed by way of culture. Pathos is infrequent; in the course of the final years
there is expanding facts of a benign scepticism, of meas-
ured irony. but, whilst 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 wide awake poet, wide awake and
conscientious; to him, his finished craft is neither regimen
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To emigrate no longer serves any purpose. Simple statements don’t get any simpler. 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?
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. 54 I, Anton Pavlovich simulate health, clean my pince-nez and observe the incurables. The only one of my branch I saw the white in the eyes of deported men, noted screams and flogging wounds, the heatsource of the moon on the icy plains of the Sakhalin Islands.
Als hatte ich nicht von Anfang an gegen die Luge protestiert. 56 The truth must not be conspicuous, I put long pauses between the words. I sweat and I earn a living writing rejected plays. If the older generation praises me it's strictly faute de mieux; the young people ridicule my white gloves, they want to see blood. I can hear them already, standing around the excavated hole: God, if he had only committed himself! As if I hadn’t protested against lies from the very beginning. 57 Nicht mehr gewillt Ist es wahr, wir verknochern?
Alive or Dead (Unicorn German Series) by Heinz Piontek