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JANDL, Ernst
Ernst Jandl, born in 1925, studied German and English, taught high school, and became famous for his "Lautgedichte" [sound poems], in which he creates onomatopoeic relationships by means of reductions and repetitions to express, for instance, the rattling of machine guns. As much as the sound (oral) character is emphasized, it is always tied to a meaning, usually expressing self-irony or even bitterness. Jandl has been presented numerous awards and he has lectured at several universitites, including a semester at the University of Texas at Austin in 1971 as a visiting professor. The poems in his latest collection, from which the two poems in Volume 4, Number 1 are taken, come across as a little more conventional, but they still sparkle with Jandl's typical wit.

Korrespondenz (Correspondence ) from peter und die kuh: Vol. 4, No. 1

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