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Rudi Krausmann (1933 – )

Rudi Krausmann Rudi Krausmann, photo courtesy of John Tranter.

Rudi Krausmann was born in Mauerkirchen, Austria, in 1933. After studying Economics in Vienna, he worked as a journalist for the Austrian newspaper, Salzburger Nachrichten. Following his arrival in Australia in 1958 he has worked as a freelance writer and editor, a part-time tutor at the University of New South Wales, a language teacher in Sydney and Melbourne and a broadcaster on Radio 2EA. In 1975 he founded Aspect: Art and Literature, which aimed to interrelate literature and the visual arts, and which he edited until it ceased publication in 1989. He was Creative Arts Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra during 1980.  While he has returned to live in Europe on several occasions, he now mainly lives in Sydney.

Since 1969, Krausmann has published eight collections of poems, mostly with small presses. In keeping with his desire to interrelate literature and the visual arts, some of them include illustrations by artists such as Brett Whitely and Garry Shead, while others have been published in both German and English.  As one might expect given his background, one of Krausmann's main preoccupations is displacement and exile. He has published concrete and prose poems but mainly favours free verse. His most recent collection, News: Fast Flowers, Long Journeys, Cold Funerals, published in 2006, consists of a large number of short poems about Australian and European writers and artists.

Poetry Collections

Structures and other poems (Marulan, NSW: Glenrock Press, 1969).

From Another Shore (Sydney: Wild and Woolley, 1975).

The Water Lily and other poems (St Lucia, Qld: Makar Press, 1977).

Paradox \ Man and Beast \ Stones (Mona Vale, NSW: Aspect Publications, [c.1981]).

Flowers of Emptiness (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, 1982).

Poems (Sydney: [the author] and Garry Shead, 1991).

The Journey and other poems (Sydney: [the author] and Garry Shead, 1999).

Maps: poems
(Sydney: Wild and Woolley, c.2002).

News: Fast Flowers, Long Journeys, Cold Funerals (South Yarra, Vic: Macmillan Art Publishing, 2006).

Suggested Further Reading

Hazel de Berg, 'Conversation with Rudi Krausmann,' Interview, 24 October 1977, National Library of Australia Oral History Collection.

Geoffrey Dutton, 'The Prose and Context of Poetry,' Bulletin, 4 January 1983, pp. 74-76.

Martin Duwell, 'From Another Shore,' Makar 13.1 (1977), pp. 36-41.

Manfred Jurgensen, 'Joining the "Mainstream": First-Generation Australian Writers 1967-1989,' Eagle and Emu: German-Australian Writing 1930-1990 (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1992).

Walter Tonetto, Exiled in Language: The Poetry of Magaret Diesendorf, Walter Billeter, Rudi Krausman, and Manfred Jurgensen (New York, USA: Academia Press, 2001).