Unquell the Dawn Now (standard)
  • Author: Kelly, Robert, Schuldt, Friedrich Holderlin
  • Binding: Slip Cased
  • Pages:
  • Size: 8 x 12"
  • Pub. Year: 1999
  • ISBN: 0-929701-57-7
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $100.00

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2 Volumes.

In this unique book/text of serial homeophonic and literal translations, the great 18th-century German poet Hölderlin's mad symphonic poem, "Am Quell der Donau"--"At the Source of the Danube"--becomes the appropriate origin and metaphor for two contemporary poets' transformation and exploration of the German and English languages. There are five sections:

1) Hölderlin's poem
2) Kelly's homeophonic translation of (1)
3) Schuldt's literal translation of (2)
4) Schuldt's homeophonic translation of (3)
and 5) Schuldt/s literal translation of (4).

This 8 x 12" slip cased production consists of two volumes: A. One folder containing the accordion folded sheets of the stanzas of the whole cycle, each printed in a different color. These sheets are suitable for framing or performance situations. B. An eighty page, thread sewn volume in wrappers containing: 1) the poem cycle in all five voices set up for line-by-line comparison and printed in the same 5-color scheme as (A); 2) a radio play titled "Schallgeschwister" ("Sound Siblings") constructed by Schuldt from the poem cycle; 3) a descriptive afterword by Schuldt, en-face in English and German; and 4) a full-length CD containing the full performance of Schuldt's "Sound Siblings," realized at the studios of the Bavarian Radio.

Documentext has commissioned a literal translation of Hölderlin's poem by Susan Gillespie exclusively for this edition, permitting the English-speaking reader a starting point or contrasting conclusion. This unusual publication was produced by the noted printer/publisher Steidl in Göttingen, Germany, and published in the United States under the Documentext imprint of McPherson & Company in two strictly limited editions, totaling 176 copies:
§ The Standard Edition numbered 1-150 in gray slip-case.
§ The Deluxe Edition in marbled paper slip-case, lettered A-Z, signed by Schuldt and Robert Kelly, and containing an original holograph text by Robert Kelly. Twenty copies are available directly from McPherson & Company. Add to Cart


For additional information about both editions of this book, read or download our special catalogue: Robert Kelly Collaborations(PDF)


REVIEWS:

German conceptualist poet and chief mischief maker Schuldt & the unstoppable Robert Kelly enraptured an unsuspecting populace in a dervish of poetry at the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church (NYC), with their homeophonic destruction of Friedrich Holderlin's "Am Quell der Donau." Now McPherson & Co. has published it as an exquisite Object.
-- ABOUT.com: The Human Internet: Contemporary Poetry (w/ Bob Hollman and Margery Snyder)
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AUTHOR:
Robert Kelly was born in Brooklyn on September 24, 1935. He attended CUNY and Columbia University, and since 1961 has taught at Bard College...
Schuldt lives and works among languages. A poet, he is the author of 15 mostly German volumes, as well as accalimed radiophonic works,...
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