March 21, 2019

IN SPRING

The snow sank softly from dark footfalls,

In the tree-shadow
Lovers raise their rosy eyelids.

Star and night always follow the dark calls

Of the boatman;
And the oars gently keep stroke.

Soon beside a ruined wall
Violets bloom,
Turning green the temples of the sol...

March 17, 2019

I first encountered the poetry of Georg Trakl in The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry. Then, in about 1985, I came across an edition of Die Dichtungen in a second-hand bookshop on the Bristol Road in Birmingham. This book, in its blue cloth binding and printed on...

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