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Raving Language

Selected Poems 1946-2005

Friederike Mayrocker

Edited by Richard Dove

Friederike Mayrocker, Raving Language: Selected Poems 1946-2005
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Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Austrian, Translation, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (216 pages)
(Pub. Feb 2007)
£18.95 £17.05
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  • in the green room
    divided into rectangular lots
    the desecrated lea
    prayer-stools scattered across the meadow
    the heart of Jesus opened its chest
    on my hiking-shoes
    five white cats' paws (foundering in oblivion)
    deserted dog kennel
    filled with plastic bags and refuse
    stones in the bed the path's resting on
    abandoned scene of a fire...

                        from 'landscape (bizarre)'
    Friederike Mayröcker is one of Europe's most exciting avant-garde writers. In a career spanning more than sixty years, this 'dadaelian artificer' (Christopher Middleton) has pushed back the limits of convention to reveal the 'deep structure' of existence - its elation and its abysses. This collection contains more than three hundred poems from seven decades of Mayröcker's published works, as well as unpublished material from the years 2004 to 2006 which the poet has made available to her translator, Richard Dove. Raving Language is the first major selection of this great Austrian poet to appear in English.
    Richard Dove
    Richard Dove was born in 1954 in Bath. He read Modern Languages at Oxford (D.Phil. on the late romantic poet August von Platen) and lectured in German and English at the Universities of Exeter, Regensburg and Wales before moving to Munich in 1987. His publications include one book of German poems ... read more
    [Mayröcker] redefines the avant-garde, producing, over the course of a lifetime, a body of work that is experimental without being impersonal, incomprehensible, or armored in intellectual pretension.
    Belle Randall
    'Very consistently, in verse and prose, [Friederike Mayröcker] has combined collage procedures with fantasy and free association, relying on the imaginative power, elegance and inventiveness of her language alone to make up for the loss of referential coherence, linear plots in prose or 'subjects', as distinct from themes, in poems. Her combinations of the most disparate material have their being in total freedom.'
    Michael Hamburger
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