Ernst Jandl

(1925-2000 / Vienna)

Ernst Jandl
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Ernst Jandl was an Austrian writer, poet, and translator.

Influenced by Dada he started to write experimental poetry, first published in the journal "Neue Wege" ("New Ways") in 1952.

He was the life partner of Friederike Mayröcker. In 1973 he co-founded the "Grazer Autorenversammlung" in Graz, became its vice president in 1975 and was its president from 1983 to 1987.

In his poems are characterized by German language word play, often at the level of single characters or phonemes. For example, his famous univocalic poem "Ottos Mops" (in English, "Otto's Pug") uses only the vowel "o". Of course, poems ... more »

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Daß niemals
er schreiben werde
seine autobiographie

daß ihm sein leben
viel zu sehr
als dreck erscheine

daß auch nur wenige
punkte, blutige
er noch erinnere

daß aber niemals
er zögern werde
in den dreck zu fassen

um herauszuziehen
was vielleicht
einen stoff abgäbe

für poesie
seinen widerlichen

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