Hans Magnus Enzensberger


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  • ''Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed.''
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b. 1929), German poet, critic. "The Late Show," November 5, 1990, BBC2.
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  • ''A pathological business, writing, don't you think? Just look what a writer actually does: all that unnatural tense squatting and hunching, all those rituals: pathological!''
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b. 1929), German poet, critic. quoted in Guardian (London, Aug. 30, 1990).
  • ''Every orientation presupposes a disorientation.''
    Hans Magnus Enzensberger (b. 1929), German poet, critic. "Topological Studies in Modern Literature," Sur (Buenos Aires, May-June 1966).

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The Great Goddess

She works away day and night,
bent over her darning-egg,
an end of thread between her lips,
mending all manner of things.
Ever new holes, new ladders.
Sometimes she nods off
just for a moment
or for a century. Then,
pulling herself together,

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