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Extracts from Lead Me to the Waters
Selections from the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2016

POMEGRANATE CHILD
Hanindya Aulia Sariyanto · Hamburg
(Prose under 19)

When I asked them, why they would grow pomegranates – because who would? – Sara would smile and say she loved them. Reminded her of home. I thought I knew what she meant. She made home sound like paradise on earth. Why even leave it? Why come to Germany? I didn’t know about the world or wars and the adults didn’t know how to keep secrets and gossip away from children. Later on, I figured that Sara probably only repeated her parents’ words as she was too young to keep the grand scale of utopian memories she told me of all in her head. Besides, you don’t need a reason for everything, right?
Friederike Gralle · Berlin

SIERRA LEONE, 1982
Friederike Gralle · Berlin
(poetry over 19)

Our life without clocks, the potholes
on the roads made every trip unbearably long
the white van stuck on the riverbank again, this time
becoming part of the baptismal service
church members in their flowing robes surrounded us with hymns
waiting for my father to put on his collar
Lead me to the Waters

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Writers Ink. e.V., Braunschweig
ISBN 978-3-9813742-3-0
128 Pages, 10,00 EUR
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Cat Eye Canasta
Selections from the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2014

Excerpt:
LAY BY
Cara Berg · Heidelberg

it is the way back
between the petrol station
and our old wooden doorstep

and we just sit here
in the grass behind the
crash barrier
stroking our camomile wings
while tattered news dances by

you are braiding
some more dreams into my hair
while the wind is hiding
beneath my skirt

and we only lack a little
sand in our sandals
or one of these raspberry lemonades
and the sound of some
exotic strings

to fill the space

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Writers Ink. e.V., Braunschweig
ISBN 978-3-9813742-2-3
112 Pages, 9,80 EUR

Let´s Heat our Minds with Open Books
Selections from the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2012

Excerpt:
FUEL
Maya Rinderer · Dornbirn, Vorarlberg / Austria

Let’s heat our flats with burning books
Let’s eat them up before they die
I’m hungry and I’m cold tonight
I’m lonely lying in my bed
I need the fire to bring light
I need the world to fall apart
So I can see what lies beyond
What dies in order to keep me warm
What eats both me and boxboard walls
Let’s heat our minds with open books
With printed words that saturate
I’m freezing but it’s never late
To burn the food and starve instead

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Ulrike Sarkany, NDR Kultur, Literaturredaktion

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Writers Ink. e.V., Braunschweig
ISBN 978-3-9813742-1-6
144 Pages, 9,80 EUR

Breaking the Silence
Selected Writings by Members of Writers Ink. e.V. 2012

Excerpt:
POST-EPISTOLARY POEM
Daniil Pashkoff

It's alright to be here,
To distinguish between three years;
A brilliant, an atrocious & the next one,
To think that they are different –
Everything's alright.
To make Jesus Christ a Superstar,
To paint a red door black,
To call a little girl strange & inexperienced –
It's alright.
The thrown stones are falling up,
The planted trees are growing down,
We put wheat into the water
And forgot the reasons for doing that –
Everything's alright.
Coming up from behind the corner
To split in the face upon your head,
To throw some sheet through the chink in your door,
To switch on the light over your table,
To squeeze somthing in through your teeth ...
This verse was blank & white,
A verse that doesen't bite,
Atruth that stops the fight,
The sun that kills the night
To make all nice & bright ...
Let's curtain off the light,
Since everything's alright!

Writers Ink. e.V., Braunschweig
Books on Demand
40 Pages, 5,00 EUR

Selected Texts
from the Daniil Pashkoff Prize 2010

Excerpt:
HOMECOMING
Stella Rieck · Berlin

Holy procession
the symphony of morning dust beams
wakens the old assembly,
caresses the fuzzy outlines
of the beloved moth-eaten furniture.

Yet your brutal key in the door
leaves the lock wailing,
while the stairs hiss hateful
tunes of your stomping footsteps.

Dirty dish ranges
scream at your blank
face, scream with the debris of
thoughtlessness.
Neglect on neglect builds grimy
rinds on their surface,
like tree rings
they carry the signs of your aging.

Even the hopelessly decomposing armchair
turns adamantine
and cold as stone
as it sighs under your massive behind.

There will be no refuge here,
you intruder you.
Ignoramus
trying to reclaim
what has outgrown your dominion
in the hours of waiting.

I wonder,
if you don’t live here anymore,
who does?

Writers Ink. e.V., Braunschweig
ISBN 978-3-9813742-0-9
124 Pages, 5,00 EUR

In the silence a whisper
Selections from the Daniil Pashkoff Prize
2006 / 2008

Excerpt:
A WINTER MEMORY
Angela Beyer · Braunschweig

out into the snow
where whirling flakes soften the world
shut out everything
everybody
leave me alone in a world of my own
in the silence a whisper
follow me into the woods
to a dancing child
black and white
the forest embraces me
blue and cold
I'm caressed by its shadows
winter coats
red yellow
disappear between the trees
in the silence children's laughing
echoes swell up around me
follow me
lead me
linger over the frozen surface
we're dancing on a humming pond
murmurs
faces
whirling dancers
melting

Writers Ink. e.V., Braunschweig
ISBN 978-3-00-024680-7
126 Pages, 5,00 EUR

Feel the Words Burning on Your Tongue
Selections from the Daniil Pashkoff Prize
2003 / 2004 / 2005

Excerpt:
THE SIMPLE PAST
Jelena Radovanovic-Kuckler · Braunschweig,
Cacak, Serbia

Because i came in that silent night
Like a haughty sharp spear
Because i attracted insects with a smile
And because my eloquence silenced the crowd
And if i turned my back on you like on a petty slave
And if i ignored the history of insults
And acted amnesia perfectly
And if iate the heads of all the base pawns
It does not mean that within
I did not curl up small
Like a captive turtle

Writers Ink. e.V., Braunschweig
ISBN-10: 3-00-018975-0
ISBN 13: 978-3-00-018975-3
102 Pages, 5,00 EUR


Life is but a Verse well-rhymed and bold
Selections from the Daniil Pashkoff Prize
2001 / 2002

Excerpt:
LOVE LETTERS PER INTERNET
by Eva Linde

Once, when my little brother’s toy plane was sinking
He gave this advice to his passengers:
“We have to lose weight, please
Throw all of your dreams overboard!”
I still believe he can make it.
“I wonder why nobody ever gave a Nobel prize
To the guy who invented dreams.”
Teachers said that was an amazing
Grammatical expression for such a little boy.
I sing my kitty a birthday song and
Pray to God not to let the World
Make a Realist out of him.

Writers Ink. e.V., Braunschweig
ISBN 3-00-010087-3
102 Pages, 5,00 EUR


BOOKS OF MEMBERS

Weather Notes
Poems 2012
by Rebecca Bilkau a member of Writers Ink.


Excerpt:
THE NECK OF HIM, WATCHING THE NEWS
by Rebecca Bilkau

Whenever he leans forward, nodding
at the events of the great world, he
exposes the lowest part of his neck, soft
as his very first skin
and because his collar is unbuttoned
and his shirt all slipped and loose, displayed
below is a semi-circle of flesh, where the sun
has washed him apricot.
And he is so vulnerable there, I am
transfixed by outrageous potentials:
sly shrapnel, malicious arrows, craven
paraphernalia from any time
and I want nothing ever to pierce this
precious little crescent and make vast,
covert pledges to protect it
from all real and mythical ills
so I
can bite it.

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Weather Notes - Poems 2012
Available at Overstepsbooks

Zwischen Stacheldraht und Horizont:
Deutsche und Englische Gedichte 1980-2007
by Stephanie Lammers a member of Writers Ink.


Reiseimpression. Portrait. Tagebuch. Selbsttherapie.
Schnappschuss. Stimmungsbild. Wortspiel. Protest.
Ein Gedichtband kann all das sein, und noch viel mehr.
Der vorliegende Gedichtband enthält Gedichte in zwei
Sprachen, aus drei Jahrzehnten, über vier Kontinente…
Warum ich die englischen Gedichte nicht einfach ins
Deutsche übersetzt habe?
”Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” - Robert Frost

www.amazon.de
Zwischen Stacheldraht und Horizont:
Deutsche und Englische Gedichte
Paperback, € 9,90
ISBN 978-3-8370-7048-4
Books on Demand, www.bod.de
Available at Amazon


Riverbank City - A Bremen Canvas
by Ian Watson a member of Writers Ink.

Calling all teachers of English! The booklet containing
teaching material for my book Riverbank City, aimed at
Oberstufe students and adult learners, is now available as
a free PDF download on the publisher’s website:
www.blaupause-books.com/ian-watson.html.
It offers teachers a flexible range of exercises and projects
which can be used according to time available. These vary
from short exercises based on individual poems to four
more ambitious projects involving research and excursions
in the city. You will find details of the fourteen poem
exercises and the four projects in the text on the website.
The publisher has also done a great job in embedding
audio files of me reading the fourteen poems in my posh
English teacher’s voice.

I am available per email to answer questions and to give
advice. As already announced, I will visit schools (and of
course also adult learning groups) to discuss the exercises
and projects and to talk about the book, my feelings about
Bremen and about writing poetry. In addition, I am also
very willing to give writing workshops and comment on
students’ literary work. Anyone interested will find my
contact details in the booklet. Please spread the word.

Riverbank City – A Bremen Canvas
Paperback, 96 p., € 11,00
ISBN 978-3-933498-25-0
Available at Amazon and bookstores throughout Germany


Schule 2000 plus:
Bekenntnisse eines Gesamtschullehrers
by Otmar Bauer a member of Writers Ink.

”Glückliche Fügung alles, die Welt ein didaktischer Ort.”

Ottmar Bauer, Jahrgang 1942, war lange Jahre als Lehrer
an der Heinrich-Nordhoff-Gesamtschule in Wolfsburg tätig,
wo zwischen 1999 und 2005 seine Tagebuchaufzeich-
nungen entstanden. Er lebt mit seiner Frau und seiner
Tochter in Braunschweig.

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Schule 2000 +:
Bekenntnisse eines Gesamtschullehrers
Paperback, € 17,90
ISBN 978-3-8334-8857-3
Books on Demand, www.bod.de
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