Unchanging Blue, An

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An Unchanging Blue provides a generous sampling of translations (with German originals) taken from ten collections of Rolf Dieter Brinkmann’s poetry published between 1962 and 1975. An extensive introduction by Mark Terrill contextualizes Brinkmann’s place in postwar German literature.

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AN UNCHANGING BLUE
SELECTED POEMS 1962-1975
ROLF DIETER BRINKMANN
Translated by Mark Terrill
Free Verse Edîtîons
Edîted by Jon Tompson
AN UNCHANGING BLUE
SELECTED POEMS 1962-1975
Rolf Dieter Brinkmann
Translated by Mark Terrill
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Brînkmann, Ro Dîeter.  An uncangîng bue : seected poems 1962-1975 / Ro Dîeter Brînkmann ; transated by Mark Terrî.  p. cm. -- (Free verse edîtîons) ïSBN 978-1-60235-198-1 (pbk. : acîd-ree paper) -- ïSBN 978-1-60235-199-8 (adobe ebook) 1. Brînkmann, Ro Dîeter--Transatîons înto Engîs. ï. Terrî, Mark. ïï. Tîte. PT2662.R52A2 2011 831'.914--dc23  2011025011
Cover desîgn by Davîd Bakesey. Cover ïmages: "Coage" by Ro Dîeter Brînkmann and Ro Dîeter Brînkmann wît Super 8 camera, Coogne, Hoe Straße, Juy 1968. © 1968 by Jens Hagen Used by permîssîon.
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Contents
Introduction
FromIhr nennt es Sprache(1962)
Zwîscenzeîten / Between-Tîmes Von der Gegenständîckeît eînes Gedîctes / O te  Representatîveness o a Poem Das Scweîgen / he Sîence Dîe Stîmmen / he Voîces
FromLe Chant du Monde (196364)
Heute / Today Verwecsung / Conusîon ïmmer mer Worte / Aways More Words Heîmîce Souvenîrs / Secret Souvenîrs Scnee / Snow Au eînem ascen Ast / On a Mîstaken Branc Gedîcte screîben / Wrîtîng Poems Was so das / Wats te Purpose Gedîct am 19. März 1964 / Poem on  Marc 19t, 1964 Sca / Seep Eînace Gedanken über meînen Tod / Sîmpe  hougts About my Deat 10 Ur 20 / 20 Past 10 Dîeses Zîmmer / hîs Room Höderîn-Herbst / Höderîn-Autumn Wecset dîe Jareszeît / Cange o Seasons
v
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2 / 3
4 / 5 6 / 7 8 / 9
10/ 11 12 / 13 14 / 15 16 / 17 18 / 19 20 / 21 22 / 23 24 / 25
26 / 27 28 / 29
30 / 31 32 / 33 34 / 35 36 / 37 38 / 39
Contents
Gedîct vor Anang des Wînters / Poem Beore te  Begînnîng o Wînter40 / 41
FromOhne Neger(1965)
Eîn eînzîger Satz / A Sînge Sentence Voge am eeren Wînterîmme / Bîrd în te  Empty Wînter Sky Er obt dîe Suppe / He Praîses te Soup
From&—Gedichte(1966)
Jemand / Someone
FromWas fraglich ist wofür(1967)
Scesîngers Fîm / Scesîngers Fîm Eînma / One Tîme Hîer nîct / Not Here Bîd von eînem Hote / Pîcture o a Hote Aka-Setzer / Aka-Setzer Es war stî / ït Was Quîet Dîe Konservendose / he Tîn Can
FromGodzilla(1968)
Godzîa-Baby / Godzîa-Baby Das Bîd / he Pîcture Godzîa teeonîert so gern / Godzîa Teepones  so Gady Wîctîg / ïmportant Godzîa und der Voge / Godzîa and te Bîrd Französîsc / Frenc Godzîas Ende / Godzîas End
42 / 43
44 / 45 46 / 47
48 / 49
50 / 51 52 / 53 54 / 55 56 / 57 58 / 59 60 / 61 62 / 63
64 / 65 68 / 69
70 / 71 72 / 73 74 / 75 76 / 77 78 / 79
Contents
FromDie Piloten(1968)
Cîquîta-Banana-Hîg / Cîquîta-Banana-Hîg Dîe rote Farbe / he Red Paînt Noc eînma / Once Agaîn Lîedcen / Song Taube, von eînem Pîoten beobactet /  Pîgeon, Observed by a Pîot Eîne Übergroße Potograpîe von Lîz Tayor /  A Bow-up o Lîz Tayor Der Mond, der Präsîdent und dîe amerîkanîsce  Prärîe Popuäres Gedîct Nr. 11 /  he Moon, te Presîdent and te Amerîcan  Praîrîe Popuar Poem No. 11 Der nackte Fuß von Ava Gardner / he Naked  Foot o Ava Gardner Wîe eîn Pîot Popuäres Gedîct Nr. 13 / Lîke a  PîotPopuar Poem No. 13 Brîe an Humprey Bogart, scon weît  enternt / Letter to Humprey Bogart,  Aready Far Away Ra-ta-ta-ta ür Bonnîe & Cyde etc. / Rat-a- tat-tat or Bonnîe & Cyde, etc. Lebensau eîner Frau / Bîograpy o a Woman Comîc No. 2 / Comîc No. 2 Der Dre / he Turn Und / And
FromStandphotos(1969)
Künstîces Lîct / ArtîIcîa Lîgt Käter / Coder
vîî
80 / 81 82 / 83 84 / 85 86 / 87
88 / 89
90 / 91
92 / 93
94 / 95
98 / 99
100 / 101
102 / 103 104 / 105 106 / 107 110 / 111 114 / 115
116 / 117 118 / 119
vîîî
FromGras(1970)
Contents
Atägîce Musîk/Everyday Musîc Unter Gas / Under Gass Nacmîttags / Aternoons
FromWestwärts 1 & 2(1975)
120 / 121 122 / 123 124 / 125
Fotos 1, 2 / Potos 1, 2126 / 127 Eîn Gedîct / A Poem128 / 129 Auwacen / Wakîng Up134 / 135 ïmprovîsatîon 1, 2 & 3 (u.a. nac Han San) / ïmprovîsatîon 1, 2 & 3 (ater Han San)136 / 137 Dîe Orangensatmascîne / he Orange  Juîce Macîne140 / 141 Eînen jener kassîscen / One o hose Cassîc142 / 143 Eîn anderes Lîed / A Dîferent Song144 / 145 Eîn Gas rîsces Wasser / A Gass o Cod Water146 / 147 Eînîge ser popuäre Songs / Some Very  Popuar Songs148 / 149
Acknowledgments About the Author About the Translator Free Verse Editions
203 205 205 207
Introduction
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t Ro Dîeter Brînkmann was born în Vecta, Germany, on Aprî 16 , rd 1940, în te mîdst o Word War ïï, and dîed on Aprî 23 , 1975, în London, Engand, ater beîng struck by a ît-and-run drîver wîe crossîng te street to enter a pub. Brînkmann ad been în London ater beîng învîted to read at te Cambrîdge Poetry Festîva, were e read wît Jon Asbery, Ed Dorn, Lee Harwood and oters. ïn May, 1975, just a ew weeks ater îs deat, Brînkmanns semîna, parameter-expandîng poetry coectîonWestwärts 1 & 2 appeared, wîc was postumousy awarded te prestîgîous Petrarca Prîze. Brînkmann grew up în te predomînanty catoîc, conservatîve atmospere o provîncîa Nortern Germany durîng te Adenauer era. Hîs ater worked as a cîvî servant; îs moter dîed o cancer în 1957. ïn 1958, aready a dîîcut and crîtîca student, Brînkmann was orced to eave scoo ater organîzîng a presentatîon wît ec-tures about Sartre and exîstentîaîsm, te yrîca work o Benn and Brect, as we as te wrîtîng o Pound, Rîmbaud, Stramm, Hesse, and Heînrîc Heîne; a apparenty too radîca or te post-war Ger-man scoo regîme. Durîng tîs tîme Brînkmann made îs îrst serî-ous attempts at wrîtîng poetry, mosty în te tradîtîon o European modernîsm. ïn 1958, ater avîng et scoo, Brînkmann made a trîp troug Begîum and on to Parîs. ïn 1959 e began an appren-tîcesîp as a book-seer în Essen, Germany, were e aso met îs ater rîend and coaborator, Ra Raîner Rygua, wo was to pay an împortant roe în Brînkmanns îe as a wrîter. ïn 1960 Brînkmann pubîsed îs îrst poems, and în 1961, e moved to Coogne and began studyîng at te Pädagogîsce Hoc-scue. ïn 1964 e marrîed Maeen Brînkmann, and teîr son, Rob-ert, was born, wo suered severe braîn damage durîng îs bîrt. ïn Coogne, Brînkmann met Dîeter Weerso, wo at te tîme worked as an edîtor at te Kîepenauer & Wîtsc Verag, a dîstîn-guîsed and we known pubîsîng ouse. Aso at tîs tîme, Brînk-mann receîved a prîze or young artîsts rom te state o Nordre-în-Westaen. Begînnîng în 1965, e undertook a serîes o vîsîts to London, în part to vîsît îs rîend, Ra Raîner Rygua. ïn 1968