Thursday, October 20, 2005

Sean Scully, Thomas Kling, Egon Schiele at the Neue


Thomas Kling's last book of poems, essays and photographs,
Auswertung der Flugdaten [ Analysing the Flight Data], is reviewed in the TLS......

"the din of Thomas Kling's now defunct smithy will continue to resonate through the echo chambers of the German language, whose creative range he has sounded and expanded like no other poet of his generation."

The book features an incredible poem, 'Inhalator', about his battle with lung cancer:

anweise atemtelegramm. flatternd./ und wie von polarfuchs heiseres gebell,/ das blauflatternde, geflatterte ventil.....//hervorgestossnes: atemmail, wie metal aim

I direct breath telegram. fluttering/ and like a polar fox's hoarse barking,/ the blue-fluttering, fluttered valve.../pushed out: breath mail, like metal aim

As I begged before, someone please translate this book.


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