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Vienna Group: Six Major Austrian Poets Hardcover – July, 1984

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Almostalmostalmost by Friedrich Achleitner
The Good Soup by Friedrich Achleitner
Montage In White by Friedrich Achleitner
Red %instead %red by Friedrich Achleitner
Anna Lisa Is Expecting The Trees by Hans Carl Artmann
Axes Stand In The Woodshed Axe By Axe by Hans Carl Artmann
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An Optician Has A Glass Heart by Hans Carl Artmann
Sleeping Beauty Fakes A Sleep by Hans Carl Artmann
The Smithy by Hans Carl Artmann
The Head Of Vitus Bering, Sels. by Konrad Bayer
Allen Ginsberg by Toi Derricotte
1 And 5 And A German Accent by Ernst Jandl
16 Years Old by Ernst Jandl
Calpyso by Ernst Jandl
Chanson by Ernst Jandl
Dilection by Ernst Jandl
Fiolets Vor Ete by Ernst Jandl
Gestures: A Game by Ernst Jandl
Niagaaaaaaaaaaaa %ra Fell by Ernst Jandl
No %no %no by Ernst Jandl
Pi %ano by Ernst Jandl
Poggh by Ernst Jandl
S % And %s by Ernst Jandl
Sundial by Ernst Jandl
Third Try Successful by Ernst Jandl
Trip by Ernst Jandl
A Wholelavatory by Ernst Jandl
In A Run-down Neighborhood by Friederike Mayrocker
Job's Missile - Or The 19 Entrances by Friederike Mayrocker
Narrating Of A Narration by Friederike Mayrocker
Plot Of A Supposition by Friederike Mayrocker
Pneuma - Or The Domestication Of The Actor by Friederike Mayrocker
With Each Clouded Peak by Friederike Mayrocker
Bleiben by Gerhard Ruhm
Documentary Sonnet by Gerhard Ruhm
A Few Things by Gerhard Ruhm
The First Half Hour by Gerhard Ruhm
Flower Piece by Gerhard Ruhm
I %my Feet by Gerhard Ruhm
Leafleafleaf by Gerhard Ruhm
Nu-un by Gerhard Ruhm
Unite by Gerhard Ruhm
Very Very Very by Gerhard Ruhm
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

Following World War II, writers and poets in Austria sought to distance themselves from the German influence and to rescue their language from the continuing abuses by the Austrian establishment. The established order, which had embraced collaboration with the Nazis, remained provincial and hostile to any experimentation. The Vienna Group (Friederike Mayr6cker, Friedrich Achleitner, Konrad Bayer, Ernst Jandl, H.C. Artmann and Gerhard Rahm), a group of friends, mining other earlier outside movements -Expressionism, Dadaism, and Surrealism -sought to make art which threatened the established order. In this, they succeeded. The stance adopted from the beginning is best summarized by the introduction to the group's initial manifesto by H.C. Artmann - "There is only one inalienable principle, namely that anyone can be a poet without ever having written or uttered a single word." It was a poetic logic which allowed for the use of. dialect poems in much the same way as sound poems; visual poems; alternatives to sentences; lists and everyday information; continuing experimentation In not only form but in the nature of content. What better way to recover one's language than to charge it, to make it resonate, to enhance it and finally cause It to evolve. This first English anthology, The Vienna Group, edited and translated by Rosmarie Waldrop and Harriet Watts, contains a generous selection from each of the above poets, showing not only the variety but the intrinsic humor and sense of play which has made this movement's contributions all the more accessible. Their work anticipated not only the present concerns with the nature of language and syntax, it also provided the roots for the more widely revered work of fellow Austrians, Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke. It is an essential and highly recommended addition to all collections. -- From Independent Publisher

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