The Kreisbildungswerk invited a prominent guest on Tuesday: the songwriter, author and poet Konstantin Wecker, who gave a reading on the subject of “Poetry and Resistance in Stormy Times”.
Bad Tölz - There were waiting lists, the Franzmühle hall could have been filled several times, but the Corona requirements only allowed almost 70 spectators to listen to Wecker's "plea for art and culture".
It became passionate, personal and of course also musical when the artist sat down at the piano at the end of the evening.
First, however, he read through a pile of his books and poems, which spanned the time from his beginnings at the tender age of 19 to the lockdown of that year.
Wecker in Tölz: "My poems happen to me"
In between, he kept telling stories from his eventful life and didn’t hold back with his notorious drug days. He is an old “anarcho”, more than ever, and hardly a term has ever been so misunderstood. It is not a matter of “bestial chaos”, but rather “freedom for everyone, everyone should think, empathize and help shape” - a dream that Wecker had from the beginning. In addition to his career as a songwriter and musician, as an eloquent author and writer of deeply emotional poetry, the 74-year-old has always been politically active. In his songs and writings he deals with social events, he is a tireless fighter for peace,Freedom and against fascism and any kind of distribution of power and he designs a utopia for a just society in which everyone is worth the same.
Reading in the Tölzer Kreisbildungswerk: Wecker's new book "Poetry and Resistance"
In his new book “Poetry and Resistance” he reports on his personal experiences during the pandemic, when he was not allowed to go on stage for the first time in 50 years because culture was labeled as “not systemically relevant”.
He vehemently contradicts this: In angry texts about the importance of culture, which "has always saved the world because it encourages and shakes it up", he denounces the injustices of the Corona period, which more than ever produce and describe greed, vanity and power Poetry as resistance that conquers fear.
“My poems happen to me, they were always smarter than me,” he says, “poetry told me things that I would never have allowed with the ratio”. It also happens that he “encounters eternity in some urinal”, or is certain that it is not he but the mulberry tree in front of the window of his study in the Tuscan refuge that is writing his poems, “because he is much older and smarter than me ". Wecker's reading passes almost seamlessly from story to story, and he reveals his emotional life in the process, because the great questions of life, love and about oneself have accompanied him to this day. Again and again he sings the words from his books, because he has set a lot of them to music. The big questions of life, of love and of one's own self, they accompany him to this day.
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