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poetry as éclat??
The national news presented a poem by Nobel prize winner Günter Grass as its second headline this evening. And the largest newspapers printed it. Politicians are furious and calling it anti-semitic. I'll keep out of the political point of view, but I was simply shocked that a poem made national headlines.
The first stanza is:
Warum schweige ich, verschweige zu lange, was offensichtlich ist und in Planspielen geübt wurde, an deren Ende als Überlebende wir allenfalls Fußnoten sind.
I'll translate this: Why am I silent, keeping quiet too long that which is obvious and which was practised as planning games, the end of which we as survivors are mere footnotes.
The poem is a bit long. No matter. I simply never thought a poem would be the center of national conversation and politics!
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