Jan Riemenschneider-Kemp’s latest offering, although not primarily for the New Zealand market, is a multi-media edition that runs to 1000 copies at the price of a pretty good bottle of wine. Ever an advocate for the spreading of poetry, the New Zealand-born bard formerly known as Jan Kemp has expanded herself with a very impressive German name. Her partner Professor Dieter Riemenschneider here serves as in-house translator. As a follow-up to their anthology of selected New Zealand poems translated into German, which I previously reviewed for Landfall Review Online, she has now brought out Dantes Himmel, a lovely little production of some 40 works as parallel English-German texts, with selection on a CD as well.
MAX OETTLI is a photographer, writer and critic who grew up in Hamilton, was educated at the Universities of Auckland and Geneva, and currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He returns to New Zealand regularly.