Christian Saalberg: In the Third Minute of Dawn

Christian Saalberg
In the Third Minute of Dawn

poetry, new

350pp (43,100 words)

Christian Saalberg, previously considered an inside tip among poets, is in fact a writer of international standing: his poems are like filigree, full of life experience and outward-looking. His verses convey a poetic revolt against practicality and the obsession with efficiency; they are a plea for the childlike, the beauty of the marginal and the richness of the small. Saalberg’s work is influenced by surrealism yet goes beyond all traditions. Between 1963 and 2005 he published twenty-three volumes of poetry in total, opening up a new perspective on reality. For the first time, In the Third Minute of Dawn features a selection of his poetry, offering a cross-section of his work, which is far too little-known.

»It remains a mystery why this fine, consistent and consistently more focused poet never found the recognition that his work deserved during his lifetime.«
Michael Krüger