Saturday, 7/6/2024
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Jan Wagner, born in 1971, is one of the most important German poets of our time – also an essayist and critic, editor of significant poetry anthologies, and translator of English-language poetry, such as Charles Simic or Michael Hamburger. In his current collection "Regentonnenvariationen," Wagner poetically and elegantly explores the greed in ground elder, consciously tracing the forms and nature of koi, otters, and dachshunds – only to then write a poem about hairdressers or soap.
Those seeking beauty and intelligence in contemporary German poetry will find it in Jan Wagner. Jan Wagner was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 2017 for his poetry. In a conversation with Deutschlandfunk editor Sabine Küchler, he explores the question of nature in his poems.

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