Norbert Hummelt (born in 1962 in Neuss) is a German poet, essayist and translator.
Hummelt studied German studies and English studies in Cologne until 1990. He worked together with Marcel Beyer and like him he started as a rather experimental writer, following Rolf Dieter Brinkmann and Thomas Kling. From 1988 to 1992 he was head of the Kölner Autorenwerkstatt; an authors group in Cologne. With his second collection of poems, „singtrieb“ from 1997, he came closer to concepts of Romantic poetry.
Norbert Hummelt lived in the Bergisches Land near Cologne for several years. Since January 2006 he lives in Berlin. He taught and gave classes in creative writing at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig and works for the Text + Kritik journal.
it's not just in dream that it's often happened to
me that I've been unable to find the exit through
the right door got into trains going in the wrong
direction it was a station I only half recognised
you say you already knew as you walked
to the window it's the blackbird eyeing us there
as deeply as you lying in my arms it held
the magnolias are still not
yet at their zenith however
something's pressing my left
eyelid and sending shockwaves
at first the air is sweet with soft intoxication
as we eat this cake our eyelids snap shut one by one
then the world bends inwards in its dislocation
but in our breast only this silent beat goes on