The long shadow that expressionism cast over the course of twentieth-century German poetry have resulted in two curious absences from the mainstream: musical structure and elegance. I was happy to discover Hendrik Jackson, a young poet, whose collection Dunkelstroeme has just been published in the reputation-making Kookbooks Reihe Lyrik (2006) series. Oblique, with suggestive verbal darts in seemingly strange directions, the poems nonetheless aboud with emotional charge and real qualities of song, as for example in Dachkammer
im Blindflug Richttoene glaenzende
Schwingen ueberlappende Ringe von Frequenzen
Bandbreiten unerkannt flatterndes Schwarz
A powerful mind is at work here, finding his way through tightly formed stanzas. One to watch.