Jan Wagner

Australien. Gedichte

© Süddeutscher Verlag, München, 2010 Jan Wagner: Australien. Gedichte © Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich, 2010 Jan Wagner’s book has five chapters. The first four are named after the four points of the compass, and the last one is entitled “Australia". So what we have here is poetic regional and world studies where readers can recognise specific places in many poems, ranging from the Franconian hop fields to the American plains. Some bear the names of towns or countries, such as Nicosia, Frombork and Ohio, while others are named after plants, animals, objects, and even poets and other people. Throughout, the narrator is not a bright and breezy globalised globetrotter, but a curious world-friendly, youthful adventurer. For him, what is closest to home is just as inspiringly beautiful as the world on the other side of the planet. (…) Anyone immersing themselves in this book, which sweeps across continents (why not read it while sitting around at the airports that are the same everywhere while you wait during some traffic disaster or other?) is inevitably put into a good mood, not only because of the richness of the imagery, the fullness of sound, the sheer beauty of the words of each and every poem, but also by the addition of a delightful sense of humour that is shown at its best when one reads the poems aloud

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Jan Wagner
Australien. Gedichte
Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich, 2010
ISBN 978-3-8270-0951-7
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