Friday, February 25, 2011
German Poet Nora Gomringer at the Goethe-Institut Chicago
"Von Gryphius bis Gomringer - LyrikMix mit Tricks"
Slam Poetry and Perfomance
Monday, February 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 North Michigan Ave, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601
German lyricism at its most experimental and conservative is just part of German lyric poet and performance reader Nora Gomringer’s bag of tricks, which gets people talking about a linguistic treasure-trove of texts. Her presentation and performance draw on passages from Gryphius, Goethe, Schiller, and Heine, as well as Sachs, Brecht, Schwitters, Kästner, Rilke, Lasker-Schüler, and Meerbaum-Eisinger, while including Jandl, Eugen Gomringer, and the writings of Nora Gomringer herself, which are full of allusion, humor, and folly. Gomringer’s selection of writings proves that lyricism belongs to speech and that being serious can also be a lot of fun. With a few props here and there she conjures entire scenes among chair, table, voice, and audience.
A warm soft loud quiet evening of poetry in German, with objects, instruments, and other sundries (most commonly Chinese “peri-fairies”).
This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP with Lisa Lux at