14 August 2006

Brinkmann Film

This summer, the film Brinkmanns Zorn came out, based on the life and last project of the German poet Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, who died at the age of 35 in an RTA in London, in 1975. He left behind a voluminous, unfinished work-in-progress that included many hours of documentary film, audio recordings and photographs. The film incorporates portions of this existing material.
Just a few weeks after his death, Brinkmann's parameter-expanding collection Westwärts 1 & 2 appeared. During his lifetime, Brinkmann published nine other poetry collections and two anthologies of contemporary American poetry translated into German. His critical deconstruction of contemporary culture remains important in postmodern literature.