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Of Things

translated from the German by Andrew Joron and Nick Hoff
Poetry, 128 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN13 978-1-936194-20-9
original paperback $14

A thicket, a manure pile, a marigold, gravel, a tomato, a cypress — award-winning Austrian poet Michael Donhauser engages in a “close reading” of natural things. His emphasis is not so much on observation and depiction as on tracing the movement from object to language. His approach is multilayered, bringing a dazzling variety of perspectives — scientific, philosophical, and historical — to his deeply felt encounterswith nonhuman phenomena.

Michael Donhauser grew up in Liechtenstein and lives in Vienna. He has been publishing prose, poetry, and essays to critical acclaim since 1986. Recent books include Ich habe lange nicht doch nur an dich gedacht (2005), Schönste Lieder (2007), Nahe der Neige (2009) all from Urs Engeler Editor, Basel. His most recent honors are the “Lyrikpreis Meran” (2004), “Ernst-Jandl-Preis” (2005), and “Georg-Trakl-Preis für Lyrik” (2009).

Nick Hoff is a writer, translator, and bookseller. His first book of poetry, Some Ones, was published by Tuumba press in 2015. Odes and Elegies, his translations of Friedrich Hölderlin’s poetry, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2008. He lives in San Francisco.

Andrew Joron’s poetry collections include Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010), The Removes (Hard Press, 1999), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), and The Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2008). The Cry at Zero, a selection of his prose poems and critical essays, was published by Counterpath Press in 2007.