Temptations, eruptions, cascading language: Franzobel's poems from one and a half decades.
Language explodes with elemental power, rhythm gushes forth in an ecstasy of words, creating new realities. The poetic urge, says Franzobel, comes upon him like bouts of fever once or twice a year. Within a short time, entire cycles are conceived that first grow to huge size and then produce luxuriant "language flowers". From fifteen of these eruptions, stemming from the last fifteen years Franzobel has now made a first selection. Whereas in his early years as a writer experimenting with language served mainly to break up the hard crusts of traditional syntax and to widen its possibilities, the cycles Leibesübungen (1997), Loveparade (1997) and Leibenfrost (1998/99) are marked by an independent rhythm and a more confident use of metaphors:
"Blunzengröstl essen, Kistlbrunzen müssen, / Brunzengröstl essen, Blunzenkistl müssen, / Blunzen brunzen, Gröstlkistl essen müssen, / Brunzen blunzen, Kistl müssen Gröstl essen, / Blunzen essen, brunzen müssen, Köstl. Köstl."
"Franzobel is the apotheosis and ultimate realisation of Ernst Jandl." (Alois Brandstetter)