August Stramm, Three Poems

Boccioni, Dynamism of a Cyclist (1913)

[My translations of three poems by August Stramm, 1874-1915; postal administrator, member of circle around the literary magazine Der Sturm; Futurist/Expressionist poet and playwright; killed in battle on the eastern front; the poem as psychogram, ‘expressionism of the scream’; breaking up of syntax, remarkable neologisms and linguistic innovations which the translations have tried to reproduce; his work found renewed interest in the 1960s]

Evening Walk

Through cling night
Our footfall’s stumm
Our hands’ pale fear around cramped dread
Light beams’ sharp stab our head in shadows
In shadows
High gleams the star
The poplar hangs upwards
Raises earth behind
The sleep earth arms the naked sky
You watch and shiver
Your lips misting
The sky kisses
The kiss births us!


The stones enemise
Window grins betrayal
Branches strangle
Mountains shrubs leaf rustley


Stride strive
Life longs
Shudder stand
Seek gazes
Dying grows
The Coming


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on October 2, 2011.

4 Responses to “August Stramm, Three Poems”

  1. This is a beautiful site–wonderful art, wonderful poetry. Thank you.

  2. Brilliant.

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