Poetic Affairs deals with the complex and fascinating interface between literature and life through the prism of the lives and works of three outstanding poets: the German-Jewish poet and Holocaust survivor, Paul Celan (1920a1970); the Leningrad native, U.S. poet laureate, and Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Brodsky (1940a1996); and Germany's premier contemporary poet, Durs GrA¼nbein (born 1962). Focusing on their poetic dialogues with such interlocutors as Shakespeare, Seneca, and Byron, respectivelyaveritable love affairs unfolding in and through poetryaEskin offers unprecedented readings of Celan's, Brodsky's, and GrA¼nbein's lives and works and discloses the ways in which poetry articulates and remains faithful to the manifold qtruthsqahistorical, political, poetic, eroticadetermining human existence.GrA¼nbein asks in one of his most pointed (and funny) meditations on the question of subjectivity. aIfyou could, a he goes on, you would prefer to keep your mouth shut. This near-sibilant [referring to the German aIcha] might quickly turn out to be aanbsp;...
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