Poetry at Sangam




Born in Berlin in 1956 of an English father and an Austrian mother, and long a resident in Vienna, Peter Waterhouse is one of Austria’s leading contemporary poets, and a noted translator from both English and Italian into German — he has published a number of translations of the works of Michael Hamburger, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Andrea Zanzotto. For his own poetry he has received a number of prizes, including the manuskripte Prize (1990), the Heimito von Doderer Prize (1997), the Austrian State Prize for Translation (2002), and the H.C. Artmann Prize (2004).

He studied German Language & Literature, English Language & Literature, and Philosophy in Vienna and Los Angeles, and obtained his PhD in 1984 with a work on Paul Celan. His more books include Krieg und Welt (a novel/memoir, Jung und Jung, Vienna, 2006), Menz (poetry, Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz, 2002), Prosperos Land (poetry, Jung und Jung, 2001), Verloren ohne Rettung (poetry, Jung und Jung, 2001). In 2006/2007 Peter Waterhouse was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia.

Translations by Peter Waterhouse

Excerpts from Exercise in Drowning by Birgit Kempker