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At Night, Beneath Trees (1998) [Collection]
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A new collection of poems by the German poet Michael Kruger, At Night, Beneath Trees is his second volume of poetry to appear in English. This latest selection, drawn from his 1993 and 1996 collections, marks an important shift in his work; moving away from the deeply philosophical dialogues of his earlier work, Kruger engages here in reflective, lyrical musings on the meaning of existence. Kruger searches for truth in the most ordinary of everyday events. Letters written to friends, a few moments spent looking up at the trees, statements by a television commentator all become occasions for questioning the meaning of things. Disillusioned by religion, history, and other forms of human knowledge, Kruger casts about for one irrefutable explanation, the "saving thread," that will resolve all his doubts. Pervaded by a peaceful stillness, yet resoundingly powerful, these poems speak of the fear and confusion of living in a chaotic, meaningless world. Their attempt at finding meaning captures the mystery at the heart of life, and when the "...mental fog rise[s] / because no questions pester / the answer," they offer a stolen glimpse of the unknowable.


  • Guided Tour
  • Little German National Anthem
  • The Parrot
  • Carbon Paper
  • Advice
  • Letter
  • Service Station
  • Two Men on a Park Bench
  • I Am Weary
  • When the Weather Is Fine
  • Taking a Rest
  • Afternoon
  • Commemorative Sheet for Gunter Eich
  • In the Summertime
  • PS
  • Letter to a Child
  • Letter to Dan Pagis
  • Letter Home
  • Returning to an Empty House
  • The Day After
  • In Conversation
  • A House
  • To Be Continued
  • The Bed
  • Looking Out into the Garden
  • Mailshot
  • Wind
  • The Painter's Allocution
  • The Museum Attendant's Allocution
  • The Old Woman's Allocution
  • The Fool's Allocution
  • The Translator's Allocution
  • Petrarch's Allocution on Descending Mont Ventoux
  • The Mailman's Allocution
  • The Allocution of the Despairing
  • January 13, '95
  • 1995/2/1
  • February '95
  • Draft of a Nature Poem
  • Postcard from Budapest, April '95
  • Summer '95
  • Little Scene
  • At Night, beneath Trees
  • Photo Album
  • Note for the Files
  • Postcard, in Tiny Writing
  • Laughlin's Secret
  • Natives
  • Up in the Gods, with Hobbes
  • Education
  • Trompe l'oeil
  • Episode
  • While Dawn Is Cracking
  • In the Plane, above Europe Still
  • In Cologne, Winter
  • Film
  • In Memory of Cioran
  • Rumor, '95
  • The Way They Write
  • Far from Perennial Verses
  • Summer Storm
  • To Zbigniew Herbert
  • Writers' Congress
  • The Cemetery
  • Last Day of the Year

Original title: At Night, Beneath Trees
Original languages: German


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Edition #1: At Night, Beneath Trees

At Night, Beneath Trees (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Richard Dove
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At Night, Beneath Trees (February 1998)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: George Braziller
ISBN: 0807614319
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.0 x 0.4
Pages: 90

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