Poetry. California Interest. Translated by Mitch Cohen and Wolfgang Heyder. Love, family, the random dangerousness and injustice of the world, travels in foreign countries, languages, and dealings with the sea, all viewed from a stance ranging from elegy to sardonic humor, characterize the poetry of Robert Brandts; Dear 732 is a imaginary sequence of poems—an imaginary Westerner trying to carry out an imaginary work project in the jungle of Africa; Brandts himself has lived and taught English in Kenya.
Robert Brandts, "molded from the mud of the Lesser Floyd River, the Ganges of Sioux County, Iowa," taught English in Kenya, then Creative Writing and African Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Bob Brandts owned a bar, The English Department, built his own house (and built another after losing the first in a wildfire), paints in oil and pastels, and brews his own beer. He published the poetry volumes As We Drifted and Dear 732, a selection from which and from the anthology ondas is presented here, with German translations by Mitch Cohen and Wolfgang Heyder. At poetry readings, Bob has shared the stage with Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder.Author City: SANTA BARBARA, CA USA