Part of the War Poems on the Underground series, a poster print of the poem 'Im Osten (In the East)' by Georg Trakl. English translation by David Constantine.
Size: 61cm x 28cm
In the East
Like the wild organ music of
the winter storm
Is the dark rage of the people,
The crimson wave of battle,
Of leafless stars.
With broken brows, with silver arms
Night beckons to dying soldiers.
In the shadow of the autumnal ash
The ghosts of the slain are sighing.
A thorny wilderness girdles the town.
The moon harries the terrified woman
From bleeding steps.
Wild wolves broke through the gate.
About the author:
Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914) was an Austrian poet. He is considered one of the most important Austrian Expressionists. In 1910, Trakl enlisted in the army for a year-long stint. His return to civilian life in Salzburg was unsuccessful and he re-enlisted, serving as a pharmacist at a hospital in Innsbruck. In 1912, he was stationed in Innsbruck, Austria, where he became acquainted with a group of avant-garde artists involved with the well-regarded literary journal Der Brenner, a journal that began the Kierkegaard revival in the German-speaking countries.