Alive or Dead (Unicorn German Series) by Heinz Piontek

By Heinz Piontek

Dual-language edition
translation and creation through Richard Exner

Heinz Piontek used to be a winner of the Georg Buchner Prize in 1976, an award given to German language writers of outstanding 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 booklet 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 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 huge 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 show praise.
Heinz Piontek is, as this quantity of originals and trans­-
lations exhibits, an terribly awake poet, wakeful and
conscientious; to him, his complete craft is neither regimen
nor sullen.

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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. Einfache Satze werden nicht einfacher. ) 52 3 Everyday the nightsticks rob someone’s innocence. Every day we understand each other less. Dailies are still delivered every day. Peace is a comedy. To emigrate no longer serves any purpose. Simple statements don’t get any simpler.

Den Kampf zwischen Leiden und Tod wird das Leiden gewinnen. Der Hang steiler, das Wegende scharfer, das Blau reiner: Schritt um Schritt. Sprache ist Luft fiir mich. Unanfechtbarkeit im Luftleeren. Die letzte Klarheit ist nichtssagend. Das Klare ist nicht das Unmogliche, sondern das Unmogliche ist das Klare. Das Schweigen verrat dich. Worter, bis zum Hals in Wortern. 60 from New Passwords The shadow of my pen throws a telling light. Oh yes you poems of mine that had the honor to take a man’s place.

60 from New Passwords The shadow of my pen throws a telling light. Oh yes you poems of mine that had the honor to take a man’s place. Now you must speak for stones. 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.

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