Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher and one of the most important European thinkers of the twentieth century.
Eoghan Walls is lecturer in creative writing at Lancaster University. He won an Eric Gregory Award for his own poetry in 2006 and has been highly commended in many other prizes, including the Manchester Poetry Prize, The Bridport Prize, and the Wigtown International Poetry Prize.
Part I: Early Poems – Letters – Thought-Poems (1910 – 1975) / 1. Early Unpublished Poems and Letters 1910-1918 / 2. Thought-Poems 1945-46 / 3. Thought-Poems 1972-75 / Part II: From the Experience of Thinking / 1. On the Way Home / 2. The Ring of Beyng / 3. Shifts / 4. And so we are cautious / 5. Amo: volo ut sis / 6. Sonata Sonans / 7. Arrivals / 8. Beckonings / 9. Pages for “Beckonings” / 10. Be-ginning and Origin in the Claiming “from” Freydom / 11. From the Workshop / 12. The Cabin in the Evening / 13. Pindari Isthmia V, 1-16 / 14. Ήράκλειτος ὁ σκοτεινός / 15. Furrows / 16. Disturbed by withdrawn nobles / Part III: Thought-Poems for the Estate – Some Thinking / Part IV: Scatterings / Bibliography / Index
Walls's translation of Heidegger's Thought Poems (Gedachtes) will prove to be the most authoritative and illuminating commentary on and annotation to Heidegger's voluminous philosophical, discursive, and analytical work. Reducing grammar to a minimum and giving free rein to the circulation of antithetical, paradoxical, and resonant usages and neologisms, Heidegger delineates the central narrative of his thought: namely, the experience of language's ancient, primordial turning away from the will to overcome, away from pseudo-mastery of the imponderability of Being and rediscovering language's deep reserves, the signals (winke) that point to unthinkable traces marking destination-less paths that guide one from Being to the impasse of Beyng. Surging from an earliness before all dawns and enduring "later than all lateness," Gedachtes (neither Gedichte nor Denken) mines an underlying state of language that appropriates, claims (Ereignis) thinking for Seyn and holds Dasein, "being there," within an inescapable ringing (Klang) of ancestral words that dispossess (Enteignis) thinking into the abyssal groundlessness most intimately our/its own. Recalling Hölderlin and Trakl, Heidegger's nichtende Nichts, the "nullifying nothing," preserves rather than annihilates. Walls's magnificent translation utterly transforms Heidegger's legacy from here on. Essential. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.