By Dörte Hansen
Zwei Frauen, ein altes Haus und eine paintings von Familie
Das „Polackenkind“ ist die fünfjährige Vera auf dem Hof im Alten Land, wohin sie 1945 aus Ostpreußen mit ihrer Mutter geflohen ist. Ihr Leben lang fühlt sie sich fremd in dem großen, kalten Bauernhaus und kann trotzdem nicht davon lassen. Bis sechzig Jahre später plötzlich ihre Nichte Anne vor der Tür steht. Sie ist mit ihrem kleinen Sohn aus Hamburg-Ottensen geflüchtet, wo ehrgeizige Vollwert-Eltern ihre Kinder wie Preispokale durch die Straßen tragen – und wo Annes Mann eine Andere liebt. Vera und Anne sind einander fremd und haben doch viel mehr gemeinsam, als sie ahnen.
Mit scharfem Blick und trockenem Witz erzählt Dörte Hansen von zwei Einzelgängerinnen, die überraschend finden, used to be sie nie gesucht haben: eine Familie.
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THELONIOUS MONK To perform a poem is to make it a physically present acoustic event, to give bodily dimension-beat-to what is otherwise spatial & visual. Poems, no matter how short, necessarily involve duration, & writing as much as performing is an act of shaping this durational passage. In performance, it becomes possible to lay down a rhythmic beat, a pulse, that is otherwise more speculative or tenuous in the scoring of words on a page. For me, this pulse is constructed around "nodal" points of pauses or silences or breaks-a point I want to put as technically as I can to distinguish this from notions of breath or speech rhythms or other notions of an unconstructed or un imposed reading style.
The open is a vanishing point-the closer I get to it the greater the distance from which it beckons. And I begin the journey again. l~elonious mon~ and t~e ~eTfoTmance of ~oetT~ What is the status of performance in poetry? This statically worded question will not likely lead me to a discussion of Thelonious Monk. But you start where you can, where mood flings you, like an old dish towel drying in the rain. Of course, there are still those who don't read their poems, insisting that the page is suffiCient, the rest gets in the way.
I am a capitalist poet in Leningrad ]] 34 SOL I DAR I T Y 1ST HEN A M E and a socialist poet in St. Petersburg; a bourgeois poet at Zabar's, a union poet in Albany; an elitist poet on TV, a political poet on the radio. I am a fraudulent poet, an incomprehensible poet, a degenerate poet, an incompetent poet, an indecorous poet, a crude poet, an incoherent poet, a flat-footed poet, a disruptive poet, a fragmenting poet, a contradictory poet, a self-imploding poet, a conspiratorial poet, an ungainly poet, an anti-dogmatic poet, an infantile poet, a theoretical poet, an awkward poet, a sissy poet, an egghead poet, a perverse poet, a clumsy poet, a cacophonous poet, a vulgar poet, a warped poet, a silly poet, a queer poet, an erratic poet, an erroneous poet, an anarchic poet, a cerebral poet, an unruly poet, an emotional poet, a (no) nonsense poet.
Altes Land: Roman by Dörte Hansen