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Selected Poems : Evelyn Schlag - Evelyn Schlag

Selected Poems

Evelyn Schlag

Paperback Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9781857546521
Number Of Pages: 144

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The prize-winning Austrian poet and novelist Evelyn Schlag has one of the most distinctive and subtle voices in contemporary German-language writing. Among her most recent poems are the Summer Elegies, published to much acclaim in Austria in 2002. These, with selections from her earlier work, are included, with an introduction by Karen Leeder and a full interview with the poet. Schlag uses the term 'elegy' in the same spirit as Ovid does; it is a mode which includes the themes of love, of place, and of the passing of time and the urgencies it induces. Schlag has developed a rapid, nuanced, unpunctuated style which involves the reader in various creative ways. Her world is as emotionally opulent as her beloved Tsvetaeva's, with whom she shares an impatience with faint-hearted love, and her tones can be as volatile and various as hers. Most of her poems secrete narratives, and those narratives are linked to her life in its widest sense. Her landscapes and the creatures, human and otherwise, that inhabit them are unforgettable.

Translator's preface
from Do you need this night's sleep (2002)
Summer elegiesp. 2
I have always wanted to live by the seap. 26
Let us not give away where we come fromp. 28
from Laura's songsp. 36
New York 1999p. 52
Notesp. 54
In the corner bakeryp. 58
The teddy bearsp. 60
Woman reading a letterp. 64
Real Jardin Botanicop. 68
Curriculum vitaep. 70
from My wife's talent (1999)
My wife's talentp. 74
Entrustedp. 76
Ilsep. 78
Honeymoon yearsp. 80
Mystificationp. 82
Madame B. Pleadsp. 84
Brandywine valleyp. 86
Lessonp. 88
The married couple's sarcophagus in the Museo Etrusco, Villa Giulia, Romep. 90
Fish bloodp. 102
What instructions she gave her conqueror Sir Francisp. 104
The four hilliardsp. 106
On a photograph of Joseph Brodskyp. 108
Birdwatchingp. 110
Counting shoesp. 112
Third night of bombingp. 114
from The schnabelberg (1992)
Obituaryp. 118
Cold April nightp. 120
New songp. 122
Conciergep. 124
A fine omissionp. 126
Dressagep. 128
Modus Barbaricusp. 130
from Temptationsp. 132
Tools of the tradep. 134
Ten years oldp. 136
Learning to speakp. 138
Stepsp. 140
Realityp. 142
from Heart changing places (1989)
Orpheus, femininep. 146
Carrying on livingp. 148
Missing childp. 150
from Septemtrionesp. 152
A conversation with Evelyn Schlagp. 161
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ISBN: 9781857546521
ISBN-10: 1857546520
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 17.53  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.26