“THE LANDSCAPE…/AND MUTELY IT WATCHES YOU VANISH”-SEBALD’S MUSINGS ON TIME, MEMORY, DECAY, DERELICTION AND DESUETUDE; HE SPEAKS FOR HIMSELF, IN QUOTATIONS FROM HIS NEWLY (POSTHUMOUSLY)PUBLISHED BOOK OF POEMS”ACROSS THE LAND AND THE WATER”

The poems in this collection date from between the 1960s and the end of his life , in 2001. I have chosen the particular quotations on the grounds of:

1. poetic memorability and beauty(even in translation)

2.relevance to the themes of his prose  fiction, as in the title to this entry

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“..and time sheds

its skin every year”(“L’Instruction du Roy”)

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“…..limbs benumbed

in the quicksilver of their angst”(“Near Crailsheim”)

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“Sailing backwards

as a passenger with

banished time”(“Norfolk”)

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“of a mountain that was printed

entirely in japanese colours”(“Unidentified Flying Objects”)

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“the stone collection

of our feelings”(“The Sky at Night”

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“brickwall catacombs

Liverpool Street station”(“Day Return”)

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“… moribund supermarkets”; and “funeral parlours dubious/antique shops”(“New Jersey Journey”)

“Across the Land and the Water: Selected poems 1964 to 2001, translated by Iain Galbraith”)

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Published by: decayetude

ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)

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