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Memorial to the Future

by Volker von Törne

translated by Jean Boase-Beier and Anthony Vivis
with an introduction by David Wheatley

Part of our Visible Poets series edited by Jean Boase-Beier

It is no coincidence that the poet Volker von Törne was, for many years, the Director of Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (Action for Atonement - Service for Peace), the German charitable organisation for education and reparation in countries throughout the world that have suffered under fascism and other oppressive regimes. His father had been a member of the SS in Germany in the Second World War, and as a consequence, his poetry is written from the perspective of someone who suffered, through no fault of his own, from terrible guilt after the war. This selection from von Törne's collected poems is particularly significant in that it is a powerful and moving articulation of the psychological burden still carried by countless people today whose voices are not often heard, a burden which von Törne's powerful, poignant and sometimes angry poetry helps us all the better to understand.

ISBN pbk 978-1910345-64-1
ISBN hbk 978-1910345-65-8
ISBN ebk 978-1910345-66-5
144 pages
Published October 2017

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