Karl Wolfskehl: Three Worlds / Drei Welten: Selected Poems: German and English
Friedrich Voit (ed), Andrew Paul Wood (trans)
Cold Hub Press, $45.00,
This book is a triumph: a triumph of the translator’s art, and a triumph in that it provides English-speaking readers, New Zealanders especially, with their first access to a comprehensive selection from the poetry written over a lifetime by one of our most admirable but least known poets, Karl Wolfskehl (1869-1948), the German-Jewish refugee poet who spent the last decade of his life in Auckland and became a naturalised New Zealander. As we shall see, his poetry, too, exemplifies a triumph: his own victory over adversity.
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