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Translated from the German by Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright
Published: Sun Oct 15 2000
Wosene Worke Kosrof, The Inventor V (detail), 2022, acrylic on linen. Courtesy of Sullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Hot Summer

Translated from the German by Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright

Here I am again in the Love Parade,
and at my age, but no one
minds, no Southerners grumble, no Midwesterners
whine, once again studying the young, and me
in this suit, what do I care about the young,
the dogs howl on the balcony, solidarity!
Join in! Come march! I yell back, I love
Berlin, West Berlin mind you, the rest I know
only from visits with relatives, canned pineapples inclusive,
it’s most beautiful when Lake Lietzensee steams,
when the asphalt on the Kudamm is as soft
as chewing gum, when the U-Bahn to Kreuzberg
rises into the night and, right before going east
over the Oberbaum Bridge, smolders and goes out.

 

Hans-Ulrich Treichel’s (b. 1952) books of poetry include Seit Tagen kein Wunder (For Days No Wonder, Suhrkamp, 1990) and Der einzige Gast (The Only Guest, Suhrkamp, 1994). He is also well known for his novels, the most recent of which, The Lost One, will be published this year by Knopf. He lives in Berlin and Leipzig.

Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright is a translator of contemporary German poetry and writing. Her translations have appeared in journals including AGNISlope, and Seneca Review. (2010)

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Hans-Ulrich Treichel is a German poet who lives in Berlin and Leipzig. His books of poetry include_ Seit Tagen kein Wunder (For Days No Wonder, _Suhrkamp, 1990) and Der einzige Gast (The Only Guest, Suhrkamp, 1994). He is also well known for his novels, the most recent of which, The Lost One, will be published this year by Knopf. (updated 2000)

Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright is a translator of contemporary German poetry and writing. Her translations have appeared in journals including AGNI, Slope, and Seneca Review. (updated 7/2010)
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