Dreizehn Engel/Thirteen Angels
poems by Alfred Brendel
etchings, drawings, and sculptures by George Nama
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
The method is to enumerate the fantastic. The resulting list is presented to the nose of the sublime but unwary spectator. “Why thirteen angels?” asks such a one. “Strange enough,” replies the poet, but it is there in the first poem:
The precedents are cited as Rilke, Swedenborg and Handke-Wenders (Der Himmel über Berlin). Let us portray the method in its own likeness:
According to the poet, the artist’s representations are “parallel events.” Goya is rendered abstract, and so are the little clay models fabricated by Degas and after him in bronze.