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In these poems Ror Wolf’s tone is always composed, although they’re full of strange events, accidents and erotic confusions. Body parts jut into rooms, guns are brandished, and travellers vanish noiselessly into the unknown. The easy lightness of his language and its artistic humour are only two elements of this world, however; the reader never loses sight of the scepticism and melancholy beyond.
Ror Wolf’s poetry is powerful and compelling. For the first time, it is published as completely as possible in a single volume.
»Ror Wolf is the most important German poet of the 20th century.«
»In his prose, his poetry and his word and sound collages Ror Wolf inimitably combines linguistic artistry and grotesque comedy with a terse and compassionate perception of reality and its fundamental constants, fear and hope, pleasure and decay.«
Friedrich Hölderlin Award, Jury statement
»The last great song poet of German postwar literature.«
Radio Bremen, Michael Augustin
»Wonderful nonsense poetry.«
Deutschlandfunk Kultur, André Hatting
»Isn’t Ror Wolf the greatest poet alive?«
die tageszeitung, Tim Caspar Boehme
»This volume of poetry, pairing wonderful rhymes with wit and melancholy, makes a great gift even to those poor devils who usually do not read poetry at all.«
Petra Hallmayer, Münchner Feuilleton
»A treasure trove of grotesque poetry in strict verse, by one of the most mysterious of German authors.«
Katrin Hillgruber, Tagesspiegel