Dark Seasons: A Selection of Georg Trakl poems
translated by Robin Skelton
Release: April 2007
57 pp, 5.5 x 8.5, tpb
poetry (BISAC: POE005030, POE000000)
European Poetry Series: 1
First Editon: September 1994, ISBN 0-921411-22-7
“I imagine that even the initiate experiences these outlooks and insights as an outsider pressed against panes of glass, for Trakl’s experience occurs like a mirror image and fills its entire space, which is inviolable like the space in a mirror.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke
Dark Seasons Seasons presents a selection of poems by Expressionist writer Trakl in their original Austrian German, parallel with translations into English by Skelton. His vision is as individual and as disturbing as that of Appollinaire and Wilfred Owen, his poems are both haunted and haunting; reality and mirage mingle; the substantial and the insubstantial become one.
GEORG TRAKL, 1887-1914, belongs to the generation of European writers and artists that were lost to us in the first World War. His vision was as individual and as disturbing as that of Appollinaire and Wilfred Owen. The poems he made are both haunted and haunting; reality and mirage mingle; the substantial and the insubstantial become one. Trakl, an addictive personality, was ultimately destroyed by drugs. During his life, one collection of his poetry was published, but posthumously everything he is known to have written has been published in its original Austrian German and, increasingly, in translation. His vision remains with us, and has grown in world-wide recognition over the years.
ROBIN SKELTON, 1925-1997, translator of Dark Seasons, was the author, editor or compiler of over 90 books and 25 chapbooks. Of these, 28 books are collections of his own poetry. He made verse translations of the work of George Faludy, Federico Garcia Lorca, Tristan Cobiete, and the poets of the Greek Anthology.
For many years he taught in the University of Victoria’s Department of Creative Writing, which he founded. He also founded, with John Peter, The Malahat Review. He was Chairman of The Writers’ Union of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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