By Gert Jonke
One of many most lovable riddles of Austrian literature is ultimately to be had in English translation: Gert Jonke's 1982 novel, Awakening to the nice Sleep struggle, is an excursion via a global in consistent worried movement, the place fact is swiftly fraying—flags refuse to stay to their poles, lids sidle off in their pots, tram tracks shake their stops away like fleas, and books abandon libraries in droves. Our cicerone in this trip in the course of the attainable (and very unlikely) is an "acoustical decorator" by way of the identify of Burgmüller—a poetical gentleman, the sweetheart of 3 girls, in a position to speak with birds, and a minimum of as philosophically minded as his writer: "Everything has unexpectedly turn into so obvious that one can't see via whatever anymore." This tremendously comic—and both melancholic—tale could be Jonke's masterwork.
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They first appeared in book form as song lyrics with accompanying music in my songbook, Noises From Under the Rug. That book is now out-of-print. Transforming these songs to poems was relatively painless, thanks in large part to my cousin, Sheldon Biber, who has been much, much more than an editor over the years. Cousin Shelby not only introduced me to a love of poetry and encouraged me to write when I was younger, but fueled my love of music and listened to my early songs, urging me to go public.
Don't put your finger up your nose, 'Cause your nose knows that's not the place it goes. You can sniffle, you can sneeze, But I'm asking you-pleaseDon't put your finger up your nose. The poems in this book were originally published as songs-many over twenty-five years ago. They first appeared in book form as song lyrics with accompanying music in my songbook, Noises From Under the Rug. That book is now out-of-print. Transforming these songs to poems was relatively painless, thanks in large part to my cousin, Sheldon Biber, who has been much, much more than an editor over the years.
Don't put your finger in your eye, That's not a thing I think you oughta try. You can blink it, you can wink it, But I don't think it Would be good to put your finger in your eye. And don't stick your finger down your throat. 'Cause that will just make you start to choke. Then up wil\ come your dinner And you'l\ start to look much thinner, So don't stick your finger down your throat. Don't put your finger up your nose, 'Cause your nose knows that's not the place it goes. You can sniffle, you can sneeze, But I'm asking you-pleaseDon't put your finger up your nose.
Awakening to the Great Sleep War (German and Austrian Literature Series) by Gert Jonke