By Heinz Piontek
translation and advent by way of 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 publication have been selected, is Piontek’s 6th quantity
of poetry. His past poetry turns out to lie a ways 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 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 substantial 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, while a remembered panorama, for instance,
pushes his visions into the fact, he does no longer desire a lengthy
hymnic line to show praise.
Heinz Piontek is, as this quantity of originals and trans-
lations indicates, an terribly awake poet, wide awake and
conscientious; to him, his finished craft is neither regimen
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Es hort auf zu regnen. Gestern war ich verzweifelt. Und schon klart sich die Luft. Mein Mut wachst. Im voraus zerstore ich Worter, mit denen ich segeln konnte libers Gebirge. 26 2 An apple, with a green peel. And a glass of Tyrolean wine. It stops raining. Yesterday I was desperate. Now the air is beginning to clear. My courage grows. And in advance I destroy words, with which I could sail across the mountains. 27 Schreiben Gedachte Linien: Flugschneisen. Worter als Leitton in der Ohrmuschel. Moglichkeiten, die Hafen zu erreichen.
50 2 Someone knows what's up. He's a student. Old people never tell anything but old tales. A seminarian and a usurer in St. Petersburg: The classics: splendid stuff for crossword puzzles. Nothing is quite so annoying as what is good. You cannot always just chase flies. To carry a hatchet under your coat will soon come in style. Everyone talks of affluence. I hear there are superfluous people again. 51 3 Taglich verliert jemand seine Unschuld unter Schlagstocken. Taglich verstehen wir uns weniger.
A seminarian and a usurer in St. Petersburg: The classics: splendid stuff for crossword puzzles. Nothing is quite so annoying as what is good. You cannot always just chase flies. To carry a hatchet under your coat will soon come in style. Everyone talks of affluence. I hear there are superfluous people again. 51 3 Taglich verliert jemand seine Unschuld unter Schlagstocken. Taglich verstehen wir uns weniger. Tageszeitungen kommen noch taglich. Der Frieden eine Komodie. Es hat keinen Sinn mehr auszuwandern.