Helga M. Novak
edited with an afterword by Silke Scheuermann
160pp (24,000 words)
The volume LIEBESGEDICHTE, edited and selected by Silke Scheuermann, collects the most beautiful declarations of love by the great poet Helga M. Novak, who was honoured – among many other awards - with the Christian Wagner Award.
LIEBESGEDICHTE contains everything that has distinguished Helga Novak’s poetry over the decades and still marks it out today: wit, directness, the archaic, sex. And nature. Helga Novak’s LIEBESGEDICHTE sometimes echo the great comedies or they are infinitely tragic, but always there lurks somewhere in the background the utopian possibility of an idyll.
Helga Novak’s love lyrics allow us a new perspective on the writer, the great political poet, the author of autobiographical prose and the singer of nature.
»There is no substitute for these poems.«
»An outstanding German poet.«
»The poems read like one big ode to vital love.«
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»This selection shows Helga M. Novak as a great love poet, who, over the decades, has tried new and different perspectives on the topic of love: political, social, historical, natural-historical, ecological and mythical.«
»Over the years, many have tried to silence Helga M. Novak (...). She learned early what it means to be unloved, growing up with adoptive parents who raised her with Prussian severity, but without love. From this lack results the longing, which frequently shines up in Novak’s LOVE POEMS (...), the longing for an idyll that soon becomes disenchanted. (...) A poem by Helga M. Novak is always a discovery: They cannot be read often enough. The volume edited by Silke Scheuermann invites us to do precisely that.«
»Her name may be mentioned in the same breath as Ingeborg Bachmann, Sarah Kirsch and Friederike Mayröcker.«