Sankt Pölten bleibt Sankt Pölten

Celan, Paul, German-language poet (1920-1970). Autograph poem signed ("Unkel Paol").

No place, "zum 9. Juni 1960".

Oblong 8vo. 2 pp.

 7,500.00

An attractive and touchingly humorous poem for Jakob Demus (born on 9 June 1959), the son of the art historian and writer Klaus Demus, one of Celan's closest friends: "Bare Fässer sind nicht faßbar, | Fahre-Bässe fahren sölten, | doch Sankt Pölten bleibt Sankt Pölten. | Frag den Vater, frag die Mutter, | beide wissen von der Butter [...]".

Jakob would go on to become a celebrated artist, noted for his diamond drypoint etchings. One of his earliest teachers was the graphic artist Gisèle Celan-Lestrange, who married Celan in 1952.

Paul Celan, Die Gedichte aus dem Nachlaß, ed. B. Badiou, J. C. Rambach and B. Wiedemann (Frankfurt am Main, 1997).

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