DOWN WITH PRINCE

The darkest hour is always before the dawn

Posted in Photography by downwithprince on November 13, 2009

The wall leans out through my back
and makes the room smaller than before.
I pull myself together
and push it back.
Stay there I say
I still want to live.

But I turn the light off quickly again
− even the shadows were too heavy a weight …

Michael Strunge, The Room

Images: Felix Werbowy.

 

Thursday, 30 April 2009

 

Michael Strunge: Two Poems

The Danish poet Michael Strunge (1958-1986) published 11 collections of verse during his short lifetime. His work is marked by an intense, inwardly-focused anger at contemporary society. He belonged to the group of poets which in the 1980s gathered around the magazine Hvedekorn, whose editor was the poet and critic Poul Borum. The volume of Strunge’s collected poems (Samlede Strunge. Digte, 1978-1985) runs to 1005 pages.

The Time GuardSaw you in the street under the clock
as if all this was yours.
And you stood with the key in your hand
and were about to open to rooms
of clarified silence and dust
or shiny surfaces
of constant change.
Then you went away and left me alone
to keep an eye on the time
and fill those hours
with a rearranged emptiness
whose noise is inexplicable sounds
and the breathing
that is only mine
and always the same.The RoomThe wall leans out through my back
and makes the room smaller than before.
I pull myself together
and push it back.
Stay there I say
I still want to live.But I turn the light off quickly again
− even the shadows were too heavy a weight …
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s