Christof Blumentrath & Gabriele Hartmann, bon-say-Verlag

Scandalous - Renhai

Year of publication: 2018

2018 in the bon say publishing house
Softcover, ring binding, Din A6 landscape, 68 pages, ISBN 978-3-946112-24-0, € 10,90
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60 Renhai by Christof Blumentrath & Gabriele Hartmann


Rudiger Jung writes:

The number of forms of short and partner seals adapted from Japanese in the German-speaking region has long been legion. Renhai, one of the more recent achievements, has already practiced Gabriele Hartmann with various co-authors. The following construction plan and the following instructions for use are at the end of the latest volume:

RENHAI - a chain poem
As in Rengay, three and two line verses alternate with one another. In the Renhai, however, the two authors share the design of the middle verse. All verses are connected by link and shift, including the first and the last. Most of the time we find a season reference in the Renhai.

For the authors, the Renhai adventure does not begin with the first verse, but with the first line of the middle verse. This line is taken up by the second author and added to the two-line. Before the second author writes the first verse, the topic is determined together. Then the first author writes the final verse.

Now only the heading is missing, mostly a succinct line of poetry.

The signatures under the Renhai mean:
CB GH Christof Blumentrath: verse 1 and verse 2 sentence 2
Gabriele Hartmann: Verse 2 sentence 1 (starting verse) and verse 3
(GH CB reversed accordingly; see p. 66 f

Of course, it is tempting to pursue or understand this tectonics in the individual verse. In the long run, it seems more appealing to me to read the poems as a unit; all the more if - as with Christof Blumentrath and Gabriele Hartmann - the co-authors act at eye level and harmonize perfectly.

There it leads the archaic “hero” (“a bird / at the side”) to the “destination” by means of a modern navigation instrument. (P. 13, IN THOUGHTS). The “wolf”, as the true archetype of every possible threat, corresponds to an endangered “home alone”. (P. 14, BEHIND THE FACADE). There begins with chess tactics, which ends with a Christianized Antigone as a martyr (p. 22, THIRD SINGING). There it marks - in order to stay at chess - a PEASANT VICTIM (p. 37) who "wears" nothing but his skin "that the" withdrawal "of this figure is not at all an option. THE SHARED VIEW (p. 38) seems to be the other end of a child's trauma. If "steps" "castanets" "with deaf ears" "follow", the title (A RED PROMISE, p. 45) reminds of the color-blind bull, which in the bullfighting arena at most reacts to the movement of the cloth. BROKEN LIGHT (p. 48) seems to start at Chagall to end in the Carthusian monastery. The emotionality of saying goodbye, being left, staying back rules elsewhere down to the title (DREH DICH NECHMAL UM, p. 62). In the final text, anyone who surrenders to the skin and hair of art risks the odium of madness: to be occupied. (P. 64, THE LAST BRUSHSTROKE).


snow covered
preserves the little village
his secret

in the footsteps of children
colorized the bare branches

around her eyes
plays mystical blue-gray ...
Ice crystal night




exchange a look
Beyond the horizon
first light

with an outstretched hand
over the threshold

Fresh breeze
between night and day
Scent of jasmine



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