Kiosk by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger is Germany's most important and influential living poet, a lightning rod in a stormy political and cultural landscape. The Sheep Meadow Press is proud to publish Enzensberger's Kiosk, as well as his Selected Poems, drawn from six volumes of his work, and Lighter Than Air: Moral Poems, translated by Reinhold Grimm.

Come of age after the Third Reich, Enzensberger builds his poetry upon titanic German wreckage and tradition. Always historical and provocative, his humanity dares to sport a sublime malice toward all and charity for few. His revelations have something in common with certain post-Renaissance painters, whose Madonnas are both spiritual and lascivious. Lawrence Joseph writes, "Enzensberger, more than any poet of his generation anywhere in the world, comes before the public with his own precepts, codes and taboos . . . Whose work has delved into and captured the thought of our time to the extent that Enzensberger's has?"

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger has published some 30 volumes.
Published November 1, 1997 by Bloodaxe Books Ltd. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Enzensberger is at his best, however, when all of the above qualities find their way into one poem, as in ""Flight of Ideas-I-IV."" After asserting wryly that ""intentions hardly count"" in our clumsy attempts to manage life, the poet plays hauntingly with the word ""remain"": ""We don't remain o...

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This painterly method is often coupled with sometimes jarring transformations of figures and contexts, used not for the sake of aesthetics but for invoking moral consciousness, as in the early ""Poem about the Future, November 1964"": ""Two men appear on a tractor/ (Chou En-Lai is in Moscow)/ Two...

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