Angina Days: Selected Poems by Gunter Eich, Michael Hofmann, Michael Hofmann

By Gunter Eich, Michael Hofmann, Michael Hofmann

This is the main entire English translation of the paintings of Günter Eich, one of many maximum postwar German poets. the writer of the POW poem ''Inventory,'' between essentially the most well-known lyrics within the German language, Eich was once rivaled basically via Paul Celan because the major poet within the iteration after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and brought by way of Michael Hofmann, this assortment gathers 80 poems, many drawn from Eich's later paintings and so much of them translated the following for the 1st time. the quantity additionally contains the unique German texts on dealing with pages.

As an early member of ''Gruppe 47'' (from which Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll later shot to prominence), Eich (1907-72) was once on the forefront of an attempt to revive German as a language for poetry after the vitriol, propaganda, and lies of the 3rd Reich. brief and transparent, those are undying poems during which the ominousness of fairy stories meets the delicacy and suggestiveness of some distance jap poetry. In his past due poems, he writes often, movingly, and infrequently wryly of illness and affliction. ''To my mind,'' Hofmann writes, ''there's anything in Eich of Paul Klee's photos: either are home made, modest in scale, instantly pleasant, artistic, cogent.''

Unjustly missed in English, Eich reveals his excellent translator here.

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We are forever making space for happiness but how often does it agree to sit on our chairs? Examine your fingertips! If they are black, it is already too late. 39 BRIEFSTELLE Keins von den Büchern werde ich lesen. Ich erinnere mich an die strohumflochtenen Stämme, an die ungebrannten Ziegel in den Regalen. Der Schmerz bleibt und die Bilder gehen. Mein Alter will ich in der grünen Dämmerung des Weins verbringen, ohne Gespräch. Die Zinnteller knistern. Beug dich über den Tisch! Im Schatten vergilbt die Karte von Portugal.

Perhaps there is some purpose in it. It might be that the whole of existence is being reordered. They begin by taking from us our diseases. Everything else by and by. 25 WEG ZUM BAHNHOF Noch schweigt die Fabrik, verödet im Mondschein. Das Frösteln des Morgens wollt ich gewohnt sein! Rechts in der Jacke die Kaffeeflasche, die frierende Hand in der Hosentasche, so ging ich halb schlafend zum Sechsuhrzug, mich griffe kein Trauern, ich wär mir genug. Nun aber rührt der warme Hauch aus den Bäckerein mein Herz an wie eine Zärtlichkeit und ich kann nicht gelassen sein.

And always wraiths, spinning us in, suspension of the present, unvalid love, proof that we are subject to chance, sparse poplar leaves factored in by the municipality, autumn in the gutters, the questions posed by happiness satisfactorily answered. 21 D-ZUG M ÜNCHEN–FRANKFURT Die Donaubrücke von Ingolstadt, Das Altmühltal, Schiefer bei Solnhofen, in Treuchtlingen Anschlußzüge – Dazwischen Wälder, worin der Herbst verbrannt wird, Landstraßen in den Schmerz, Gewölk, das an Gespräche erinnert, flüchtige Dörfer, von meinem Wunsch erbaut, in der Nähe deiner Stimme zu altern.

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