Just Sitting Around Here Gruesomely Now

Friederike Mayr?cker


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Seagull Books
6 July 2023
ISBN: 9781803092133
148 pages

From the publisher

Poetic prose meditations written in a lyrical stream-of-consciousness style by renowned Austrian poet Friederike Mayroecker. It is summer in this book, even if nature often does not hold to summer. The flowers either have tiny buds or have long since withered.

It is summer in the book, asserts Mayroecker's work, because the summer light is switched on: sometimes blazingly bright, sometimes darkened with thunderclouds. At the same time, there is a magical light in this writing. In these stream-of-conscious prose poem meditations, Mayroecker formulates a poetics of simultaneity of all that is not: "not the scenes I remember, rather, it is the sensations accompanying those scenes." Strictly composed in form and language while luxuriantly proliferated in daydreams and nightmares, just sitting around here GRUESOMELY now is a significant volume in the radical late work of the great Viennese poet.