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Collected Poems
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Rainer Brambach, one of the most widely appreciated Swiss poets in the 1950s and '60s, was notorious for walking to the beat of his own drum, defying convention, and standing his ground against popular styles and trends. He grew up in Basel and left school at the age of fourteen to become a manual laborer. He spent much of World War II in prison and labor camps, an experience which greatly influenced his writing. After the war, Brambach began to make his name as a poet. Recognition and awards notwithstanding, Brambach remained an outsider in the literary world and lived for many years in poverty. Marked by his disregard for material values, a profound engagement with the landscape of the Upper Rhine, and a lasting commitment to humanity, Brambach's poems are direct, unadorned, and free of pomp or ideology. His quiet images conjure up landscapes, small rural scenes, and interiors of bars and cafes. Brambach was, above all, an observer whose poems provide insights of deceptive simplicity that confirm the significance of this author's voice. This collection of poems, masterfully translated by noted writer and poet Esther Kinsky, represents the first major English translation of this significant European poet.
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Rainer Brambach's (1917-83) other collections of poetry include Zeit war's and Auch im April. Esther Kinsky is a poet, writer, and translator working in German, Polish, Russian, and English. She is the author of Summer Resort, also published by Seagull Books.

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