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Presenting the voice of the man behind a remarkable body of work, firstly talking to poet Marius Kociejowski and then talking to himself, this volume collects 18 months' worth of journal entries from the late 1990s, in which he muses on matters poetic, social, political.
Christopher Middleton studied at Oxford and then taught at the University of Zurich, at King's College, London, and finally as Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas, Austin. He has published translations of Robert Walser, Nietzsche, Holderlin, Goethe and many contemporaries, receiving several awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Schegel-Tieck Translation Prize. His poems, essays and selected translations are all published in the UK by Carcanet Press; his poems are published in the USA by Sheep Meadow Press. His most recent publications are: Of the Mortal Fire (poetry, Sheep Meadow, 2003), Crypto-Topographia (prose, Enitharmon Press, London, 2002), The Word Pavilion and Selected Poems (Carcanet / Sheep Meadow, 2001), Jackdaw Jiving: Selected Essays on Poetry and Translation (Carcanet, 1998), Faint Harps and Silver Voices: Selected Translations (Carcanet, 2000). Christopher Middleton lives in Austin, Texas. Marius Kociejowski was born in 1949. He lives in London, where he works as an antiquarian bookseller. His Greville Press booklet Coast won the Cheltenham Prize in 1991. He has subseqently published two collections of poems with Anvil Press Poetry, London: Doctor Honoris Causa (1993) and Music's Bride (1999), and a book of travels, The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool - A Syrian Journey (Sutton Publishing, 2004).