Michael Donhauser

Michael Donhauser

Michael Donhauser’s (born 1956, Vaduz, Liechtenstein) poems are concerned musically with questions of temporality, of decay and of simultaneity – they are “a shimmering in syllables, a unique speaking”. Perceptions are here described without attention to a demanding ‘lyrical I’.

In 1976 Donhauser moved to Vienna to study Theology, then German and Romance Philology. His first book of poems, “Der Holunder” (Elderberry) was published in 1986. Numerous publications followed, which merge together to form an impressive oeuvre include prose as well as poetry and translations (for example, of Arthur Rimbaud and Francis Ponge).

Michael Donhauser has received, among other awards, the 2002 Christian Wagner Prize, the Meraner Prize in 2004, the Ernst Jandl Poetry Prize in 2005 and the 2009 Georg Trakl Prize for Poetry.


Publications (selected)

Der Holunder. (Elderberry) Poems, Literaturverlag Droschl 1986
Das Neue Leben. (The New Life) Poems, Residenz Verlag 1994
Die Gärten. (The Gardens) Paris, Urs Engeler Editor 2000
17 Dyptichen in Prosa, in Deutsch und Französisch (17 Diptychs in Prose, in German and French), Edition Meet, 2002
Vom Schnee, (On Snow) Urs Engeler Editor 2003
Venedig: Oktober. (Venice: October) Poems, Das Wunderhorn 2003
Livia. Novel, Urs Engeler Editor 2004
Variationen in Prosa, Variationen im März (Variations in Prose, Variations in March), Matthes & Seitz 2013