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Wonderful, Weird, and Transformative

The Poems of Georg Trakl by Margitt Lehbert

Reviewed by Chris Faatz

"I remember the first time I read Austrian poet Georg Trakl like it was yesterday. It was in the translations section of the collected poems of James Wright, and I fell in love immediately with the feel of the poems, the general tenor, their air of sadness and imminent doom. It wasn't that I was a teenager going through angst; even in an imperfect English translation, it was evident that this was the work of a master, that these poems captured something eternal in the human condition, and that their utter strangeness and wondrous intensity just brought them closer to home...." Read the entire Powells.com review.

2 Responses to "Wonderful, Weird, and Transformative"

    Miss Gretchen May 19th, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Oooh, I've loved the few Trakl poems I've read in the past (even memorizing one at a particularly calamitous time in my life,) thanks so much for posting this informative review. Can you recommend an edition which keeps the original German? With such poetry, I like to read it out loud (even though my German is quite bad, my name notwithstanding.)

    chris faatz May 20th, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Hi, Miss Gretchen. Yes, there's a fetching bilingual Trakl currently available from Northwestern University Press. It's called POEMS & PROSE: A BILINGUAL EDITION and the editor/translator is Alexander Stillmark.



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