Michael Hamburger: February 15, 1967

Michael Hamburger reads original poems and his translations of German poets.

Originally Recorded By:
Gallery Lounge, SFSC
Total Run Time:
Mark Linenthal
  • Mark Linenthal introduces Michael Hamburger and his work by reading a short prose piece that Hamburger wrote on his own poetic practice (0:00)
  • Michael Hamburger remarks on the writing phase that brought about his book, Weather and Season (4:14)
  • "Security" (4:46)
  • Remarks on his definition of a "dream poem" on his lieu of his poem, "The Road" (6:37)
  • "The Road" (7:35)
  • Remarks on the content and structure of another dream poem, "Scenario" (8:44)
  • "Scenario" (9:23)
  • "The Search" (13:25)
  • Remarks that he will read poems that are more recent (14:41)
  • Remarks on "landscape poems" and says that the next poem is a landscape in Oxwich, Wales (14:59)
  • "Wide windscape..." (15:38)
  • Remarks on the loach fish (17:30)
  • "Loach" (18:03)
  • Remarks on the content and structure of his poem, "U.S. Offers Condolence and Aid to Vietnamese Bombed in Error" (19:50)
  • "U.S. Offers Condolence and Aid to Vietnamese Bombed in Error" (20:42)
  • "After a War" (23:14)
  • Remarks on the origin of his poem, "Homo Sum: Humani Nihil etc." (24:29)
  • "Homo Sum: Humani Nihil etc." (24:57)
  • Remarks on the Brixton district in London and that his poem "Brixton" is in the voice of a West Indian (25:53)
  • "Brixton" (27:06)
  • Remarks on the geographical movement in his poem "Brass Band in the Park, South London" (28:00)
  • "Brass Band in the Park, South London" (28:28)
  • Remarks on the railway in his poem "S-Bahn Berlin, 1965" (29:42)
  • "S-Bahn Berlin, 1965" (30:30)
  • "The Other Day" (32:13)
  • Remarks on the three people presented in his poem "Friends" (34:36)
  • "Friends" (35:30)
  • "Theogony" (39:20)
  • "For No One" (40:09)
  • Remarks on the "persona poem" and the persona of Beethoven implemented in "At 55" (41:30)
  • "At 55" (42:22)
  • Remarks on his old writing style which contained a "poetic rhetoric," how the new book of poems he is preparing embraces William Carlos Williams' notion of "no ideas but in things," and the author's positive dislike of words in lieu of his own poem "Envoi" (44:37)
  • "Envoi" (47:03)
  • Remarks that he will now read works he has translated (47:59)
  • Remarks on Hans Magnus Enzensberger's poem "Man spricht Deutsch" (49:04)
  • "Man spricht Deutsch" {Hans Magnus Enzensberger} (49:46)
  • Further remarks on "Man spricht Deutsch" and says he will read political poems by Helmut Heissenbuttel, an experimental German poet involved in Concrete poetry and interested in semantic philosophy, which is reflected in his poetry books called text books (57:41)
  • "The New Age" {Helmut Heissenbuttel} (1:00:00)
  • Remarks on the grammatical experiments "The Future of Socialism" (1:01:57)
  • "The Future of Socialism" {Helmut Heissenbuttel} (1:02:12)
  • Remarks on the absence of punctuation in Heissenbuttel's poems and the difficulty of reading his poems aloud (1:04:13)
  • "Class Analysis" {Helmut Heissenbuttel} (1:04:41)

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