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Oppressive Light: Selected Poems by Robert Walser

Walser, Robert

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ISBN 10: 1936873184 / ISBN 13: 9781936873180
Published by Black Lawrence Press, 2012
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Title: Oppressive Light: Selected Poems by Robert ...

Publisher: Black Lawrence Press

Publication Date: 2012

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Poetry. Translated from the German by Daniele Pantano. Introduction by Carolyn Forché. OPPRESSIVE LIGHT represents the first collection of Robert Walser's poetry in English translation and an opportunity to experience Walser as he saw himself at the beginning and at the end of his literary career—as a poet. The collection also includes notes on dates of composition, draft versions the printed poems represent, which volume of the Werkausgabe the poems were first published in, and brief biographical information on characters and locations that appear in the poems and may not be known to readers.

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These poems show the quality we have now come to call visionary. This is a voice that sees itself as if from another planet, with clarity, and impartiality of view that is remarkable and, often, devastating. One is reminded of Trakl's voice here, its dark intimacy; this is the lullaby for the self, but also for this self's moment in time ("there is so much in the hour") as we know it: a spare voice points at the two trees in the snow, at a trembling of a lip. And, yet, here, so unlike Trakl's voice, we hear: "The room is full of sky . . . I speak and I laugh:/ my room is the sky./ How I love the sky" and "happiness is the happiness of evening." From this transformation, wisdom comes: "something you enshrine will always be with you." Finally, among many fine poems here, I particularly found myself struck by such pieces as "Joy of Life" and "The Comfort of Complaining," where one of the most complex minds of the 20th Century gives us lines of utter simplicity, poise.
-- Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa and editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

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