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Green Integer Series No.: 112
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Born in Czernowitzthe capital of the Bukovina (now part of the Ukraine and Rumania)in 1920, Paul Celan is now recognized as one of the great poets of the 20th Century. Threadsuns, originally published as Fadensonnen in 1968,
two years before Celan's suicide by drowning, continues
Green Integer's commitment to publish the last great works of Celan as translated by the noted poet and critic Pierre Joris.
One of Paul Celan's most important books of poems,
Threadsuns follows the Green Integer press publication of
Breathturn and Lightduress, both of which received
international critical acclaim with the latter book
winning the PEN New York Translation Award. Consisting of
105 poems, arranged in five cycles, Threadsuns was
composed between September 1965 and June 1967. If
Breathturn was the opening gambit of Celan's "turn," the
entry into the late work, then Threadsunsthe volume that
may have received the least amount of commentary and
analysis to datemay be said to be not only an extension
or continuation of the previous volume, but the full-blown
realization of Celan's late work.
Poet, translator and essayist Pierre Joris is the
author of Poasis: Selected Poems 1968-1999 and A Nomand
Poetics (essays). With co-editor Jerome Rothenberg, Joris
edited the Poems of the Millennium anthologies. He teaches
poetry and poetics at SUNY-Albany.
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