Witty and wise, playful and philosophical, the poems and other short writings of German poet Michael Augustin are instantly recognizable and not easily forgotten. Mickle Makes Muckle, the latest in the Poetry Europe series from Dedalus, gives English language readers their most comprehensive selection of his work to date. Translated into English by the celebrated Indian poet Sujata Bhatt (Augustin’s wife), Mickle Makes Muckle is a welcome reminder of poetry’s power to surprise and entertain, as well as to move.
“His wry wit and verbal acrobatics, the many bizarre events occuring in his prose pieces and short plays, and the precision and startling comic twists in the last lines of his poems and haiku, place him firmly in the court of the comic muse. In Augustin’s world the absurdities and the Gordian knots of existence are neatly unravelled with surprising nimbleness and with laughter.”
—Poetry Ireland Review
“Michael Augustin delivers a rare treat: comic poetry that isn’t reliant on performance or rhyme to raise a genuine laugh.”
—The Guardian. See full ‘Poem of the Week’ article HERE
ISBN 978 1 904556 72 5 hardback
ISBN 978 1 904556 71 8 paperback
140 x 216 mm 138 pp