By Heinz Piontek
translation and advent by means 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 amazing 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 past poetry turns out to lie a ways in the back of regardless of
similarity in subject matter and angle. 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 massive repository of poetic language,
informed through culture. Pathos is infrequent; in the course of the final years
there is expanding proof 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 show praise.
Heinz Piontek is, as this quantity of originals and trans-
lations exhibits, an terribly awake poet, wide awake and
conscientious; to him, his comprehensive craft is neither regimen
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57 Nicht mehr gewillt Ist es wahr, wir verknochern? Dauert der Frieden schon zu lange? Unser mit Blutverlusten, Salz, Nerven erkaufter, windiger Frieden? Ja, rechnet nur mit uns ab, uns Feiglingen: geschlagen, gebrannt wie wir sind und nicht mehr gewillt, die Gewalt noch einmal auf unsere Schultern zu heben. 58 No longer willing Is it true that we have become so hardened? Has peace really lasted too long? Our shoddy peace, bought with blood, salt and nerves? Yes, settle up with us cowards: beaten and burnt — And no longer willing to shoulder violence once again.
3 Cities, you will again become transparent. The dream of simple things is tested by fire. 4 In barricaded homes once again money will take on the form of the Renaissance. 5 Noose and pit for the happy few. We will be left lying on the pavement. 37 6 Ja der Frieden, nur mit Gewalt zu erfahren. 7 Schones Leben der Banditen, die den Bartspitzen ihres Hauptmanns die Ratsel uberlassen, mit Brauten auf den Dachern kampieren. 8 Dann wissen wieder die Unbelesenen mehr. 9 Auf dem Lande wird man zittern.
Petersburg: Klassiker, gut fur Kreuzwortratsel. Nichts ist so lastig wie was gut ist. Man kann nicht immer nur auf Fliegen Jagd machen. Mode wird bald die Axt unterm Mantel. Alle sprechen vom uberfluss. Es soil wieder iiberfllissige Menschen geben. 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.
Alive or Dead (Unicorn German Series) by Heinz Piontek