A Diary Of Pique 1983?1984 / Ein Tagebuch Des Grolls 1983?1984: A bilingual poetry collection by Carl DjerassiA Diary Of Pique 1983?1984 / Ein Tagebuch Des Grolls 1983?1984: A bilingual poetry collection by Carl Djerassi

A Diary Of Pique 1983?1984 / Ein Tagebuch Des Grolls 1983?1984: A bilingual poetry collection

byCarl DjerassiTranslated bySabine Hübner

Hardcover | October 2, 2012

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On May 8, 1983, Carl Djerassi is rejected by the great love of his life, the renowned literary scholar and biographer Diane Middlebrook. Wounded and angry, this man of science seeks solace and release in an unexpected way: writing free-verse poetry. Brutally open, Djerassi’s “poetic volcanic eruption” is the lyrical diary of a man full of anger and self-pity, grieving with unsparing honesty about the end of a relationship.
    Offering deeply personal insights, the poems chronicle Djerassi’s emotional world in this period before the unexpected return of his beloved in 1984. He and Middlebrook married in 1985. Only some years after her death in 2007 did Djerassi return to these poems to revise them. They are published here for the first time, with German- and English-language versions on facing pages. The bilingual interplay between Djerassi’s mother tongue and his adopted literary language offers a richly intimate perspective on the scientist, the writer, the art connoisseur, and the romantic that is Carl Djerassi.

Carl Djerassi (1923–2015) was the author of many novels, plays, essays, poetry, and short stories published in twenty languages. Renowned as both a writer and a scientist, he was an emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford University and the recipient of thirty honorary doctorates as well as many international scientific honors. His...
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Title:A Diary Of Pique 1983?1984 / Ein Tagebuch Des Grolls 1983?1984: A bilingual poetry collectionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.9 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:Haymon VerlagLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preamble

Curtain Raiser
Private revenge with a public touch
My muse is resentment, the poem my revenge
Hairshirt

Foreplay
Why are chemists not peots?
Deformation professionelle
There are no shrinks in Burma

L'uomo
"How do you spell your name?"
l'uomo vogue
My island
Nailed, plated and screwed
The next birthday

Donna mobile
Vocalissima
Push-pull
The art of rug-pulling
Grounds for divorce
Surprises
Lingonberries are not sufficient
Poetic justice

The others
Would you call me . . . ?
San Francisco, thirteenth floor
Hermaphrodite from North Carolina
Body-builder
Cocksure
"You wash this shirt like a chemist"
Mini-punk
Thirty-six hours
Abyssinia
Nine years is a long time

Contrapunctus
"I have nothing left to say"
Five years later
Godfather I
Godfather II
Already? Still?
Chef du potage
Truisms
An existence bonus
Not every no is the same
Sophistry
Plowing time

Stevensiana
"Two Egyptians being served by a Nazi"
Concordance browsing
The twins

Coda

Editorial Reviews

“This edition of poems is a chance to know Djerassi that much more, to know something of the vexing nature of loss, and know something of the curative restitution that comes with the passing of time. We are indeed better for this book.”—The Kenyon Review