Who would read my writings and poems

That is poetry - only for "beautiful spirits" or for everyone from Bremen?

As of March 21, 2021 .: Birgit Reichardt

Do you know poems? Really - not just as a blurry memory from school. On World Poetry Day, Julia Engelmann and other Bremen women tell what poetry can do.

Poetry, lyric poetry: for most, they are not part of everyday life. Many just remember which poems they had to learn in school. Sometimes, however, poets hit a nerve and reach a surprising number of people. Like Julia Engelmann from Bremen in a poetry slam in 2013. Your video has more than 13 million clicks. Or like the American poet Amanda Gorman at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. What is poetry Is it for everyone - or just something for the "aesthetic"? buten un binnen spoke to three people from Bremen. Julia Engelmann, Gianna Lange and Manuel Bianchi are very different, but they have one thing in common: They write poetry.

Julia Engelmann

It's been almost eight years since Julia Engelmann suddenly became famous with a poem at a poetry slam. Today she tours with her own program and has published several books. She founded the "Club of the Silent Poets" on Instagram. She asks people to send her poetry, which she then publishes. "It's about sharing your own cosmos."

Ms. Engelmann, are you a poet? Poet? Poet? Do you have a word for what you are doing?
If I went to a party - where I haven't been in a long time - I would say, "I'm a poet." But I think there are many answers to this question.
Poetry seems old-fashioned to many - why do you become a poet today?
I never felt like it was an active decision, but always a way of thinking and writing. For me poetry is a worldview. The desire to find something beautiful in everything that is small every day. I've always enjoyed doing that and I would do it even if I didn't publish poems.
In poetry you may see volumes of poetry, thick paper with verses in artful writing. You are a poet who became very famous through the internet. They also post poems on Instagram. Does this convey your verses adequately?
My poems started on the stage in Bremen, including with the slammer filet. There was neither thick paper nor the Internet, but they were said once on stage. But I think poetry can also be an SMS that is written or a sentence in a conversation. I like all media as they are. On my Instagram page, I write everything in my handwriting because I like that - everything is right there. It's much more about what you say than how you say it.
Poetry has to struggle to find its readers. You reach a lot of people. Because you are touching something - or because your texts are so simple in comparison?
The answer lies with all of the people who like my poem. I can only say of myself that I have a concern. I try, I think, to find questions that occupy me and answers. And to find a form of hope in every pain and something great and beautiful in every incident. Then I try to share it as simply as possible. The easier I can put it, the clearer it is. But that doesn't mean that poetry can't be more "decorative".
How did you ask to choose a poem for us. You chose the chorus from "For My Parents". Why this?
Because my parents mean a lot to me.

Manuel Bianchi

Manuel Bianchi from Kattenturm is a trained banker, he works in the IT industry. Manuel Bianchi writes poetry triggered by a "gateway drug".

You are an IT person - and you write poetry. That sounds unusual.
Yes, it can be. But I started writing in 2007, short stories. Then I discovered "Haiku", a Japanese short poem with a maximum of three lines. It was a gateway drug because I found it fascinating how much you can express in three short lines. Then I got stuck with the haiku in 2014. Rainer Maria Rilke also wrote haikus and the beat poets Allen Ginsburg and W.S. Erwin.
What does your poetry show?
I use poetry as a way of looking at the world, not so much to express my feelings. For me it's like good photography. That was also my original passion. The haiku also looks at the world, what makes us pause when we pass a stream or wander through a pretty little wood. We are drawn to it and I can take a picture or write a poem.
You could publish a book of your poems with a publisher. What does that mean to you?
That was very extraordinary. Very nice. A strange coincidence. I've already tried to publish myself, but you have to do everything yourself. Here I was able to concentrate on pure text work. The fact that the poems were published is a side effect for me. For me, writing is actually a meditative activity. I don't write either because I think I have to. But when I have an idea. I write it down, then I think about what to do with it. An idea is a crystallization nucleus that can become a crystal.
You have chosen a poem for us, why this one? It's not a haiku!
But the poem is very typical of my approach because I get inspiration from nature. This is one of three poems I wrote while on vacation in late summer 2016 in BlÄvand on the Danish North Sea coast. The very different fauna compared to German forests and the springy forest floor made me think about possible dwellings for Nordic mythical creatures there.

Where the trolls live - by Manuel Bianchi

The larches stand close together
in the bed of their old needles
Overgrown mosses
what was left of forgotten paths
you should walk them
between a thousand green and a dozen yellow
and the pale blue of the lichen
keep an eye out

after the flesh of the forest
where the trees lay to rest
and lost shape over time
where the spring of your steps
brings out a muffled echo
there where the old beings
once hid their corridors
keep an eye out.

Gianna Lange

Gianna Lange is an author. She writes novels, also poetry, poetry. As a student, she founded a poetry collective with others: "Gabriel writes poems" - based on the typewriter model.

Ms. Lange, how did your first poem come about?
That may be a cliché, but there was a bad incident in the family, a stroke of fate. And back then I had to write a text and had a deadline - but no head for it. I couldn't write a coherent text. That's when I started to just play around with the word, which then became a poem. Then someone later encouraged me to keep trying. For me, lyric is always a lot of leaving out - you don't digress, explains it in a few lines.
What does poetry give you today?
It offers me a platform to write at any time. I know those frustrating moments of blockades, getting tangled up in longer topics and texts. The lyrics are so nicely compressed that there are no rules - everything is allowed. And I can write so much and so little, I want to. If I have the feeling that this is good and done, then so be it. I don't have to ask myself whether someone understands it that way now, or whether it follows a pattern. Poetry is an always available outlet for me. The highest feelings of happiness, the deepest sadness and the greatest frustration can be written down lyrically at any time. Completely independent of the state of the publishing industry in particular or the world in general.
Where do you want your lyrical journey to go?
What I do for money today is different. But I hope that one day I can also make a living from writing. I'm still on the unpleasant part of the journey because I'm trying to find a publisher for a novel. And then I encounter a lot of silence. It's a little uncomfortable. And the pandemic is going even worse at the moment.
You have chosen a poem for us, why this one?
Because it tells of a longing for earlier times. In retrospect, these often seem so light, probably easier than they actually were. I think this longing has been experiencing new heights for a year now.

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This topic in the program: Bremen Eins, Der Tag, March 19, 2021, 11:30 p.m.