Maintenant #21: Marco Kunz

Poetry International Online

Poetry International, in collaboration with 3:AM Magazine, is pleased to showcase a  group of amazing young European poets. Steven Fowler, the Editor of the Maintenant Interview Series, began this project in January 2010 as a result of experiencing the differing, and inspirational, attitudes of European poetic cultures and how they contrasted to the UK. He said “I really thought it was a shame that poets from outside of the English language in Europe were never recognised until they had reached middle age and a certain ‘prominence’ in their own countries. I also wanted to present a truly representative sense of what poetry is for different traditions and methodologies, from the most traditional to the most avant garde. ”

We would like to extend a special thanks to the extensive list of those responsible for making this series possible. In particular, Jan Wagner, Eirikur Orn Norddahl, Jan Pollet, Nikola Madzirov and Damir Sodan.

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Zen in the art of archery – The book Cartier-Bresson regarded as the ultimate photo one

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When Henri Cartier-Bresson initially read “The zen in the art of archery” written by the german philosopher Herrigel, he thought it was a book about photography !

He lately said that “Photography is just like archery…it is all about concentrating, targeting and shooting”. To see the true nature of things, one has “to align the eye with the heart”. No need for a brain to press the trigger at the decisive moment. By training again and again, the apprentice has to master the technical skills and to let instinct rules. For Cartier-Bresson, the camera was just like a modern sketch book and “the zen in the art of archery” was the only manual a photographer needed…apart from going often to the art museums of course. The ultimate goal is to develop an invisible link between the environment and the camera. The photographer will then become a medium through which the…

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Jules and Jim

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Both Jules and Jim live the bohemian lifestyle in Paris during the turn of the century. They appreciate poetry, art, cafes, and women. They get together to talk about philosophy alongside personal problems. You see, Jules wants a woman to love. But every woman he encounters in Paris does not meet his high standards. Either they are flighty (like the steam engine girl) or not intelligent enough (like the many whores he visits). But Jim, he has a girl. A girl who is faithful and loving and boring. He wants excitement. Both of them find what they are looking for in one woman: Catherine. She is giving, outrageous, spontaneous, emotional, free-spirited, and loving. But she is ultimately destructive.

One of the big arguments concerning this film is whether Catherine can be seen as empowered or not. On the surface she seems to be. She is not beholden to one man…

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