Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. Translated from the German by Michael Eskin. This extraordinary book offers a dazzling personal poetics as well as a sustained engagement with the origins of poetry itself. In tracing an arc from the landfills and forests of an East German childhood to the "global air-space of poetry," it takes in a breathtaking poetic itinerary from the Classics to the present day. Emerging from the heart of the European tradition, every page is packed with insight, wit and linguistic surprises, superbly rendered in Michael Eskin's supple English. But more than that: this is a volume with a mission. In reckoning with the possibilities of poetry, it sets out to show us a better way of being in the world: "a guide to thinking and feeling with precision." Written by one of the most exciting and thought-provoking writers of the moment, THE VOCATION OF POETRY is essential reading for anyone interested in modern poetry or in modern life.
Author City: Berlin GER
One of the world's greatest living poets and essayists, Dresden-born Durs Grünbein has been the recipient of many national and international awards, including the Berlin Literature Prize, the Georg Büchner Prize, the Premio Internazionale di Poesia Pier Paolo Pasolini, the US Independent Publisher Book Award, and the Tomas Trantrömer Prize. Since 1988, when the then twenty-five-year-old's first collection of poetry, Gray Zone in the Morning, appeared—a mordantly poignant poetic reckoning with life in the former East Germany—Durs Grünbein has published more than twenty books of poetry and prose, which have been translated into dozens of languages.
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Winner of a 2011 Independent Publisher BookAward for Essay/Creative Nonfiction