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North Sea Poems

Heinrich Heine

North Sea Poems

This bilingual chapbook offers a selection from Heinrich Heine’s sequence of poems Die Nordsee (The North Sea) which formed part of his Buch der Lieder (Book of Songs). Published in 1827 when Heine was in his late 20s, the Book of Songs launched his career, which over the following thirty years made him the major figure in German literature in the generation following Goethe and Schiller.

The North Sea sequence is expressive of Heine’s complicated relation to Romanticism, of which he was both an exponent and an ironic observer. Written in free verse rather than the rhymed quatrains he usually used, these poems explore the intersections between myth and everyday life in vivid scenes which mirror the fluid motions and moods of the sea.

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Eye of the Times

Paul Celan

Eye of the Times

Paul Celan is famous as a poet whose life and work were overshadowed by the Holocaust, and the loss of his parents in a concentration camp. There have been many translations of what is generally agreed to be his very complex poetry, each reflecting a different angle of approach to what is generally agreed to be his very complex poetry. Celan was known to have a special interest in language, in the way words work and the way in which they can be misused and can misrepresent – this is why he so often revised his poetry. Jean Boase-Beier’s particular approach to translating Celan focuses on his use of words, and her illuminating introduction and her notes contextualizing each of the poems in this chapbook are invaluable in helping the reader to their own interpretation.

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Twenty Poems

Kathrin Schmidt

Twenty Poems

This bilingual chapbook of 20 poems by the
German poet Kathrin Schmidt draws together
work from five of her six collections published
before and after the 1990 reunification of the
two Germanys, and makes for an exciting
introduction to her work. Thanks to Sue
Vickerman’s effervescent translations, we
are able to appreciate Schmidt’s irrepressible
poetic style as she ranges across the themes of
gender, identity, the body, eroticism, her own
personal history and language itself.

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Sometimes a Single Leaf

Esther Dischereit

Sometimes a Single Leaf

Whether in poetry, fiction, radio drama or sound installations, Esther Dischereit's work represents a unique departure in recent European writing: a distinctive, off-beat syntax of German-Jewish intimacy with the fractured consciousness and deeply rutted cultural landscape of today's Germany. Sometimes a Single Leaf, mirroring the development of Esther Dischereit's poetry across three decades, includes selections from three of her books as well as a sampling of more recent, uncollected poems. It is her first book of poetry in English translation.

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Memorial to the Future

Volker von Törne

Memorial to the Future

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.

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A Certain Koslowski: The Director's Cut

Michael Augustin

A Certain Koslowski: The Director's Cut

Koslowski is everyone and no one, a tragic figure who stumbles through life in resigned bewilderment at the trials and bizarre coincidences thrown in his path. These brief prose pieces have a style and attraction all their own, by turns wonderfully surreal and laugh-out-loud funny.

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The Bright Rose: Early German Verse 800–1250

ed. Philip Wilson

The Bright Rose: Early German Verse 800–1250

Never published in verse form before, these translations of some of the earliest known German poetry give us a rich glimpse of a life that, while alien in so many ways, was not so different after all.

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Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees

Jan Wagner

Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees

Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees, to be published in Arc's flagship translation series 'Visible Poets', combines the poet's unerring instinct for the surprising perspective on commonplace objects or events - plants, animals, landscapes - with a mischievous delight in the detail of the absurd, the precarious balance.

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While I am Drawing Breath

Rose Ausländer

While I am Drawing Breath

The experience of living in the Chernovtsy ghetto under the Nazis remains a dark undertow of all the poetry Auslénder wrote, though she rarely addresses it explicitly.

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Before the Invention of Paradise

Ludwig Steinherr

Before the Invention of Paradise

Ludwig Steinherr is one of the most compelling new voices to have emerged in Germany since the late 1980s and this selection - the first to appear in English - from his 10 poetry collections published between 1985 and 2005 reflects the breadth and depth of his writing, ranging from its post-Celanian darkness to its insistence on light.

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