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SVEN KRETZSCHMAR is a poet and writer from the the southwest of Germany. He writes poems in English (and, rarely, in German) and absurd short prose in German (never in English). Aside from writing, he sometimes expands his creative work to painting, drawing and book illustrations.
Sven has read Philosophy and English at Saarland University, Germany, in Luxembourg and at University College Dublin, Ireland. His poetry has been published in the OTwo magazine of UCD’s The University Observer, the catullan, Skylight 47, and Coast to Coast to Coast, Ropes 2019, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Blue Nib, Sheila-Na-Gig, and Smithereens Literary Magazine. It has also appeared with Poetry Jukebox in Belfast, in Writing Home. The ‘New Irish’ Poets (Dedalus Press, 2019) and Turangalîla-Palestine (Dairbhre, 2019). He was awarded 1st prize in the Creating a Buzz in Strokestown competition 2018 and shortlisted for Allingham Poetry Award 2019, Over the Edge New Writer of the Year 2019 and Saolta Arts Annual Poetry Competition 2020. Special mention in the Desmond O’Grady Int. Poetry Competition 2020. Further work is forthcoming in Ropes 2020, Fly on the Wall and The High Window.
Sven is the illustrator of Grimwig and Bert Borrone’s Perpetual Motion, both authored by Bert Hornback, and the editor of Think Pieces. Food for Thought (a festschrift). He is the current acting chairman of the Geman-Irish Society Saarland.
Born and raised in rural County Saarland, known for its steel mills and coal mines, he eventually moved to Ireland to write an MLitt thesis in Medical Ethics at UCD and to work as a tutor in moral philosophy and as a conference co-organiser. Sven has worked in the historic Irish College of Leuven, Belgium, where he held the position of Coordinator for the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS) and the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (LCIS). His current academic research focuses on (Irish) poetry and its intersections with philosophy as well as on the topics of responsibility in medical ethics and the philosophy of autobiography.
This blog was created first in 2011 to record a German country bumpkin’s early adventures on the far-off isle of Ireland, in both German and English. In the interim, Dublin has become an exciting and thrilling normality, but a normality still. The purpose of this blog thus is now to display Sven’s published poems by and by. The poems are accompanied by photographs which might not always seem to suit the theme of the respective poem, but their combination makes sense in the eye of the artist – so don’t be bothered by that. 😉
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