Poets on Georg Trakl 
This month marks what would have been the seventieth birthday of the poet Georg Trakl. The Akademiker has posed to a number of young poets the following question: “What does Georg Trakl mean to me?” The answers are as follows:
For world literature Trakl will never have the significance of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé; he does not even merit comparison to a man like Lorca (1889-1936); but in Austria he has contributed something lasting to modern poetry in his capacity as a singular lyricist of distinction, probably because he, like few others, had a talent for despising and being despised—most penetratingly by the householders and muleteers of his native city of Salzburg, which has not changed a jot since his time.
Trakl’s influence on my work was devastating; if I had never heard of him I would have come a lot farther by now.
 Editors’ note: First published in Der Akademiker. Zeitschrift des österreichischen Akademikerbundes,
, February 1957. Vienna
Translation unauthorized but Copyright ©2013 by Douglas Robertson
Source: Der Wahrheit auf der Spur. Reden, Leserbriefe, Interviews, Feuilletons. Herausgegeben von Wolfram Bayer, Raimund Fellingerund und Martin Huber [Stalking the Truth. Speeches, Open Letters, Interviews, Newspaper Articles. Edited by Wolfram Bayer et al.](
Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2011).