“Poems are like groping at being. Words ambush me while my mind is out in the dark. Back home in myself, they paint their images and I take these forms and place them in rows and play them like an instrument until they resonate. They tell me stories, translate space and time and soothe. Then I can let them go and grope on.” (Klaudia Schifferle).
In 1982 Klaudia Schifferle was the youngest artist to take part in documenta 7. She was a co-founder of the all-woman band Kleenex (later LiLiPUT) and won the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft’s “Preis für Junge Schweizer Kunst” (young Swiss art award by the Zurich art society) in 1988. A truly all-round artist, she works as a painter, sculptor and musician as well as writing literary texts and song lyrics.
Her first book, in 1979, was the self-published Um des Reimes Willen könnt’ ich einen killen. After Allüren (Nachbar der Welt Verlag, 1984), Edition Patrick Frey is now publishing Klaudia Schifferle’s latest book, Eingeblaut, a selection of short poems written over the past 18 years. They are tender, fleeting, exquisitely woven compositions that evoke the unexpected and the miraculous, reflecting the paradox experiences of everyday life with subtle charm and humour drawn from an almost cosmic depth. Poetry at its musical best, a finely-dosed remedy for moments of gloom.