Ulrike Almut Sandig: i am a field full of rapeseed hide the roe and shine like thirteen oil paintings laid on top of each other

Ulrike Almut Sandig
i am a field full of rapeseed hide the roe and shine like thirteen oil paintings laid on top of each other

poetry

96pp

Ulrike Almut Sandig's poems are elaborate earworms: influenced by the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales, they're firmly rooted in a present she records in the sonar of her verse – like the bat in one of her poems, which flies out of a laboratory window after having both its eyes put out.

Using her uniquely idiosyncratic language as an auditory instrument, Ulrike Almut Sandig meticulously captures the depths of contemporary eeriness and depicts a utopian alternative to a homeland where humans are not soulless, furless animals but can hold up their heads and say: 'I am'.

It has previously been said of Ulrike Almut Sandig's work that 'these poems convince through linguistic jokes, self-irony and humour, philosophical fantasy and an emphatic poetic conception of the self' (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), and the same is true of this volume.

»Graceful and tender is her view of the world.«
Ulla Hahn

»Ulrike Almut Sandig’s poems lead us into the mysterious realm of poetry and at the same time they provide a feeling of security and comfort as if we, the readers, had always been at home there.«
die tageszeitung

Reviews

»A unique document of literary politicization.«
Christian Hippe, Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR2)

»When it comes to original metaphors, Sandig sets the bar high. Her striking phrases often seem like a condensate from the universe of expressions.«
Freie Presse Chemnitz

»Ulrike Almut Sandig masters the balancing act between poetry and prose in German contemporary literature.«
Frankfurter Rundschau

»Success, failure – Sandig's ambiguous handling of universal topics is characteristic of her poems.«
Florian Balke, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Lyrical tableaus of substantial appeal, referring to paintings, music and providing variations of Grimms fairy tales as they break down the doors of criticism.«
Beate Tröger, Der Freitag

»Ulrike Almut Sandigs new poetry collection provides an intriguing view of the status quo.«
Frankfurter Rundschau

»A lyrical glow.«
Marina Büttner, literaturleuchtet

»Adventurous journeys into scarcely explored territories.«
Kai U. Jürgens, Kieler Nachrichten

»Ulrike Almut Sandig creates worlds full of mystical images that sink deeply into our consciousness.«
Matthias Ehlers, Westdeutscher Rundfunk

»Sensuality, power and precise observation, along with the author's ability to connect seemingly separate parts, to create voices and tunes, all that you find in Sandig's new volume of poetry.«
Gundula Sell, Sächsische Zeitung

»An extraordinary statement in the jumble of contemporary poetry.«
Tom Schulz, Luxemburger Tageblatt

»Anyone who likes poetry should buy this book. Anyone who doesn't like poetry should buy this book.«
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