Impromptus: Selected Poems and Some Prose

Impromptus: Selected Poems and Some Prose


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ISBN-13: 9780374175375
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,279,217
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Gottfried Benn (1886–1956) earned his medical degree in 1910 and began publishing poems two years later. The leading poet of German expressionism, and the author of brilliant essays and dialogues, he spent both world wars as an officer attached to the German Medical Corps. Benn lived and practiced in Berlin, was married three times, and won the Georg Büchner Prize in 1951. Michael Hofmann is the author of several books of poems and many translations from the German. He edited Twentieth-Century German Poetry (FSG, 2006) and teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Table of Contents

"Little Aster," "Beautiful Youth," "Circulation," "Night Cafe," "Alaska," "The Young Hebbel," "Threat," "Songs," "Then Icarus fell at our feet...," "Express Train," "Englishes Cafe," "Spa Concert," "Caryatid," "Jena," "Never Lonelier," "Asters," "Turin," "Ah, the faraway land," "Chopin," "Death of Orpheus," "September," "Tracing," "S. Petersburg—Mid-Century," "Static Poems," "Evenings of Certain Lives," "A Shadow on the Wall," "Fragments," "Think of the Unsatisfied Ones," "Syntax," Finis Polniae," "Nocturne," "Gladioli," "Restaurant," "Blue Hour," "Theoretical Afterlife?" "Still Life," "Encounters," "Hymn," "What's Bad," "Foreign Ministers," "Dream," "Despair," "Impromptu," "Bauxite," "Only fleetiung now," "Left the House," "People Met," "Rowans," "Last Spring," "Late," "Devastations," "They Are Human After All," "Par ci, pa la," "No Tears," "Expressionist!" "1886," "Silence," "Wet Fences," "Clemenceau," "Little Sweet Face," How are the beech trees in September...," "Divergences," "Herr Wehner," "Little Cultural Commentary," "Radio," "Thinking," "Listen:," "Breathe," "Epilogue," "Paris," "Summa Summarum," "The Season," "Rilke," "Block II, Room 66," "Knut Hamsun: 'On Overgrown Paths,'" "I never had differences...," "'Do you write at a desk?'" "'What may reads look forward to?'" "Aging as a Problem for Artists"

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