By Gunter Eich, Michael Hofmann, Michael Hofmann

This is the main finished English translation of the paintings of Günter Eich, one of many maximum postwar German poets. the writer of the POW poem ''Inventory,'' between probably the most recognized lyrics within the German language, Eich was once rivaled merely by means of Paul Celan because the top poet within the iteration after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and brought via Michael Hofmann, this assortment gathers 80 poems, many drawn from Eich's later paintings and such a lot of them translated right here for the 1st time. the amount additionally comprises 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) used to be 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 a ways japanese poetry. In his overdue poems, he writes usually, movingly, and sometimes wryly of disease and disease. ''To my mind,'' Hofmann writes, ''there's anything in Eich of Paul Klee's images: either are do-it-yourself, modest in scale, instantly pleasant, artistic, cogent.''

Unjustly ignored in English, Eich unearths his perfect translator here.

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38 EX AMINE YOUR FINGERTIPS Examine your fingertips for signs of discoloration! One day it will be back, the supposedly eradicated contagion. The postman will drop it in the rattling letterbox along with the circulars, it will fetch up on your plate with a portion of herring, the breastfeeding mother will give it to her babe. What shall we do, as none of those who would habitually confront it are still alive? Whoever is on a reasonable footing with horror can expect its coming with equanimity. We are forever making space for happiness but how often does it agree to sit on our chairs?

38 EX AMINE YOUR FINGERTIPS Examine your fingertips for signs of discoloration! One day it will be back, the supposedly eradicated contagion. The postman will drop it in the rattling letterbox along with the circulars, it will fetch up on your plate with a portion of herring, the breastfeeding mother will give it to her babe. What shall we do, as none of those who would habitually confront it are still alive? Whoever is on a reasonable footing with horror can expect its coming with equanimity. We are forever making space for happiness but how often does it agree to sit on our chairs?

Beug dich über den Tisch! Im Schatten vergilbt die Karte von Portugal. 40 FROM A LETTER I shan’t read any of the books. I recall the tree-trunks swaddled in straw, the unburned tiles on the shelves. Pictures go and the pain remains. I want to spend my late years without speech, in the green half-light of wine. Tin plates clink. Lean forward! That’s the wall map of Portugal yellowing in the shade. 41 EINSICHT Alle wissen, daß Mexiko ein erfundenes Land ist. Als ich das Küchenspind öffnete, fand ich die Wahrheit zugedeckt in den beschrifteten Büchsen.

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