August Stramm was a German poet and playwright who is considered one of the first of the expressionists. He also served in the German Army and was killed in action during World War I.
He worked in the German Post Office Ministry as a young man and served his mandatory year of duty in the German Army in 1896–1897. After this, he travelled to the United States several times over the next few years before settling in Berlin. In 1912-1913, he wrote two plays, Sancta Susanna (which was subsequently used as a libretto for an early opera by Hindemith) and Die Haidebraut, the first of many to appear before the war.
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August Stramm Poems
Yielding clod lulls iron off to sleep bloods clot the patches where they oozed rusts crumble fleshes slime
A star frightens the steeple cross a horse gasps smoke iron clanks drowsily
Staffs flehen cross arms Writing zagt pale unknown Flowers impudent
Tücher Winken Flattern Knattern.
Earth under the helmet flowers Falling stars Grope through space. Roaring shudders
Living desires Shouldering to stand Glimpses searching Dying grows
Space Time Space Travel Raining
Toes deaden. Breath smelts to lead. Hot needles dance in fingers. Backs turn to snails.Ears hum coffee.
U Stands! U stands! And I And I I wing
Tender sods fallen asleep at their iron Blood fluffing outpost scum Rusted crusts Slimy flesh skinned
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Yielding clod lulls iron off to sleep
bloods clot the patches where they oozed
sucking lusts around decay.
Murder on murder blinks
in childish eyes.