just sitting around here GRUESOMELY now (The German List) (Hardcover)

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Poetic prose meditations written in a lyrical stream-of-consciousness style from renowned Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker.

It is summer in this book, even if nature often does not hold to summer. The flowers either have tiny buds or have long since withered. It is summer in the book, asserts Mayröcker’s work, because the summer light is switched on: sometimes blazingly bright, sometimes darkened with thunderclouds. At the same time, there is a magical light in this writing. In these stream-of-conscious prose poem meditations, Mayröcker formulates a poetics of simultaneity of all that is not: “not the scenes I remember, rather, it is the sensations accompanying those scenes.”
Strictly composed in form and language while luxuriantly proliferated in daydreams and nightmares, just sitting around here GRUESOMELY now is a significant volume in the radical late work of the great Viennese poet.

About the Author

Friederike Mayröcker is widely considered one of the most important Austrian poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has published over eighty works since 1956, including poetry, prose, radio plays, and children’s books. She lives in Vienna.

Roslyn Theobald has translated Mayröcker’s brütt, or The Sighing Gardens and Requiem for Ernst Jandl, which was also published by Seagull Books.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780857428684
ISBN-10: 0857428683
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication Date: August 18th, 2021
Pages: 88
Series: The German List