By Heinz Piontek
translation and creation by way of Richard Exner
Heinz Piontek used to be a winner of the Georg Buchner Prize in 1976, an award given to German language writers of remarkable 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 global 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 a ways in 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 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 gigantic repository of poetic language,
informed by means of 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, wakeful and
conscientious; to him, his finished craft is neither regimen
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Suddenly a sound that touches us. A few clear notes. In this way someone transposed the June rain on a street in Vienna. Our liberation lies in the air. An outline appears before clear but marked eyes. Inexorability does not exist. 43 Madrigal In unserm W interquartier treiben wir den Winter aus Treiben wir den Winter aus an Rhein und Donau auf dem verdorbnen Feld Beisst auch wie Schrot der Schnee Wehr dich nur Antichrist Wir treiben Feuer bergan Madrigal In our winter quarters we expel the winter Drive the winter out near Rhine and Danube on the spoilt field And if the snow bites like shot defend yourself, Antichrist We drive fire up the mountain 45 Fliegendes Blatt Getauscht Getauscht Du bist nicht du Zur Zeit des Sternezersingens Getauscht Zur Zeit wenn die Morder ausruhn Getauscht Des Nachts beim Schleichen zu knarrenden Schiffen Oder du warst nicht du 46 Flying Leaflet Deceived Deceived You are not yourself When the stars are sung to shreds Deceived When the assassins relax Deceived At night silently moving toward creaking ships Or you were not yourself 47 Einfache Satze aus dem Jahr 68 1 Jemand lasst durchblicken, dass er gegen die Zeit ist.
In despair I ask for the courage of despair. To be lucky: not to be worth a bullet. I take off my mask. No one recognizes me. You can shoot swallows out of the sky. But can you force them to fly in only one direction? Suffering will be triumphant in the battle between suffering and death. So much steeper the incline, so much sharper the path’s end, so much purer the blue: step by step. Language is air for me. Unassailability in a vacuum. The last clarity tells us nothing. The lucid is not the impossible; it is the impossible which is the lucid.
Worter als Leitton in der Ohrmuschel. Moglichkeiten, die Hafen zu erreichen. Man setzt sein Leben aufs Spiel. Writing Imagined lines: airways. Words as the radio-beam in the auricle. Chances to reach port. You stake your life. 29 Nach Jahren Die Masse Wasser bei Ulm: Wiedersehen mit etwas schwer Durchschaubarem, was schon immer sich walzte wer weiss wohin, am Ende nicht zu beirren und ich: dieselben Fragen vor mir herschiebend, mit menschlicher Ausdauer, das ist klar, noch immer unruhig und etwas zu hastigauch das Bett, das an meins erinnert: gewisse Orte, wo unsere Auflosung beginnt.
Alive or Dead (Unicorn German Series) by Heinz Piontek