Poetry Night II

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Poetry Nights

Presentation · Silke Behl
Speaker · Frank Arnold

Bora Cosic, well known as a novelist, has also been writing poetry for a few years. Most recently, the author has published the prose poems “Irenas Room.” Written during his exile in Berlin, the poems allow people, dreams, and experiences of the past to reappear full of melancholy and subtle irony.

Dieter M. Gräf’s poems pass through the characteristic treatment of language: the work of language as sound, as sense effect on the margins of noise and as tangible noise produced by words.

Jerzy Kronhold received new attention as a poet with the publication of his latest collection of poems “Wiek Brazu” (Ü: Bronzezeitalter). In his shorter poems Kronhold carries out a quiet and occasionally ironic absence of the gesture of impetuous protest. Unlike his earlier texts, here he filters the wonderful and meaningful out of different aspects of everyday life.

Oskar Pastior captures us with his poetic wonder world: familiarity of language becomes foreign and its sense raises itself to another dimension. The surreal reality of speech of this year’s Büchner prize winner playfully breaks through the rules.

Tomasz Rózycki’s early collections of poems “Fatherland,” “Anima,” “Chata umaita” and “Swiat i Antyswiat” are strict in form and hermetic in content. They combine cultural references and concrete description.

Gerhard Rühm, one of the founders of the “Vienna Group”, is numbered among the most prominent representatives of sound poetry, where the works come to life through live reading. He performs “Sprechduette” with his partner Monika Lichtenfeld.

István Vörös’ book of poetry “The empty Grapefruit” draws simple, clear pictures of the everyday that go on to become dreamlike and surreal, therefore taking up an allegorical character.

Uljana Wolf was honoured with the Peter Huchel Prize in 2005. She introduces her first book of poetry “kochanie ich habe brot gekauft”.

Bora Cosic, born in Zagreb in 1932, lived in Belgrade from 1937, in Rovinj in Croatian since 1992 and in Berlin since 1995. In 2002 the novelist and poet won the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding.

Dieter M. Gräf, born in Ludwigshafen in 1960, has published three volumes of poetry, most recently “Weststrand” (2002). He has received numerous writing scholarships and was awarded the Leonce-und-Lena-Prize from the city of Darmstadt in 1997.

Jerzy Kronhold was born in 1946 in Poland. The current director of the Polish Institute in Bratislava gained attention with the publication of the poetry collection “Wiek Brazu” (2000).

Oskar Pastior, born in Hermannstadt in Transylvania in 1927, has lived in Berlin since 1968, working as poet, translator and radio play author. He has been awarded the Peter-Huchel-Prize, the Erich-Fried-Prize und most recently the Georg-Büchner-Prize.

Tomasz Rozycki, born in 1970, is a poet and translator. His poems have been translated into many languages. In 2004 he received the distinguished Genfer Koscielski Foundation Prize for the poem “Dwanaœcie stacji”.

Gerhard Rühm is one of the founders of the “Wiener Gruppe”. He is a classic of modern German-speaking literature, with work based on the interface between literature, the pictorial arts and music.

István Vörös, born in Budapest in 1964, has received many awards for his poetry and translations. In 2004 the German translation of his book of poetry, “Die leere Grapefruit”, was released.

Uljana Wolf, born in Berlin in 1979, studied German and English Literature and Cultural Theory. She received the Peter-Huchel-Prize for her first book of poetry, “kochanie ich habe brot gekauft”.