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My Heart Has So Many Flaws

My Heart Has So Many Flaws

My Heart Has So Many Flaws

By Robert Walser
Translated by Kristofor Minta

Out there, it’s nothing much.
There’s a little snow,
getting rained on now.
There’s a creeping green
that creeps into the darkness.
That darkness is the night,
soon to be upon all the snow,
upon all the green
in the whole world.

My Heart Has So Many Flaws collects the early verse of Robert Walser, from his poetic beginnings to the first World War. These poems are Walser at his most unguarded, in which we might "find the intense and intensely odd person behind Walser’s work", a writer in the throes of self-creation, already laying claim to what Enrique Vila-Matas called “a commentary on the vanity of all initiative, the vanity of life itself".

This is the most complete volume of Walser's early verse to date, including all of his known poems written before World War I (with a single post-war poem included as a coda).

Paperback
242 pages
Sublunary Editions, 2024
5 x 7 inches
ISBN 9781955190664
Poetry

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