About lunarpoet

Hi, my name is Matthias. I’m working as an educator by day and a poet by night at – searching for the magic sparks in the interspaces, between the cracks of reality. Here I publish most of my poetry and get in touch with other poets or lovers of poetry and already met some amazing artists along the way.

Most of my poems are written in English, although German is my first language. For me, the English language simply works better when it comes to creating poetry.  Shadow and light are creating all nuances of grey and so I try to feature more than plain black and white within my work. Also being (neuro-)queer has started to become more and more prominent in my pieces. Trying to keep my poetry eclectical I might throw in some prose, here and there, having started an ongoing dystopian narration, called “Concrete Walker”, which I’m publishing part by part and also recording along the way to make it more accessible.

All work published here including the pictures that illustrate/complement my words, are mine if not otherwise credited.  You can always share something and credit me accordingly (using Matthias Grupe).

My next project is compiling a book of poetry, after finishing my formal training as an educator in 2020.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my collection. Drop me a line if you like, I always appreciate (constructive) criticism and engaging conversation.

Have a splendid day!

Matthias

PS: My friend Paul has wrote a critique of my blog, you can find here.

 

16 Comments

  1. i wish you all the best on publishing your book. yes it is definitely nicer to write poetry in English, not our native language but still the more poetic language, though Rilke may disagree! lovely poems Matthias.

  2. Thanks for standing with me Against the Next War. I fear we’ll get a lot of likes and no action. Folks are so passive today. But it’s still worth at least trying to make some difference

  3. English is such a hodgepodge of languages, a bit of this and a bit of that. Versatility and nuance. Shakespeare, being another one of the great writers of all time, sure knew how to use it. Knowing what you want to say is, of course, of paramount importance but to put poetry into it language is key. So glad you write in English as I know little German.

    1. Yeah, I just talked to somebody on wordpress about exactly that. How English has been influenced by so many different languages.

      Still there are some german words that have no true Englisch equivalent and that are quite wonderful “fernweh” “heimweh”, “sehnsucht”. You can translate them, but there is a loss in meaning. At least to me. Also I like how there are original words in some German dialects that describe atmosphere… for example the word “muschebubu” (a Saxon word, which is the dialect of the federal country I live in) which describes a dimmed, cosy atmosphere, which is warm and inviting. I love variety in languages.

      But poetry-wise English is the obvious choice to me.

    1. Well, I really meant just using a whole phrase in English to express all the nuances you read into what you experience in the German concept. Of course, if brevity is the soul of poetry, this might not be ideal but, if its a question of conveying the idea or the atmosphere behind the word surely it can be done in any language even if a whole phrase or sentence or even a paragraph needs to be employed.

      1. Of course this is possbile. Yet there is something about the essence of those words…
        The more words you use, the more you dilute it. I think this is universal, sometimes less is more. You made me think. Maybe I CAN use some german/saxon words even in my English poems. Gonna give it a try. Thanks for your input! 🙂

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