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a Glass Floor Underfoot - 15. desire breathing in enrapt motions

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Die Bäder

 

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Wenn Euch vom Leib schwerhaftend-nasse Tücher

Sich lösen, wie vom Ölglanz frischer Nüsse

Runzliger Schalen Schutz – und im Vergnügen

Des unbefangnen Stolzes eure Brust

Aufwölbend atmet Lust vertiefter Züge:

Dürft ich verweilen bei den Ringer-Gruppen,

Verharren in dem Schall erregter Bäder,

Müßte fortan dem Brand der Städte weder

Mich beugen je noch grünen Wolkenkuppen. 

 

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The Public Baths

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When rain-heavy clothes come loose from your torso,

As if from a nut’s crinkled-shell protection,

Fresh with an oily sheen – then in enjoyment

Watching your untamed chest bulge in its swagger

The desire breathing in enrapt motions:

Let me linger among the wrestling groups,

Poised amidst the roar of the arousing baths,

So I need not bow to city temptations

Or genuflect to the green cloud-tops either.

 

 

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Edvard Munch Awakening Men (1916)

 

 

 

 

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As always, the terms that seem the simplest to translate are the hardest. Here, the title of Die Bäder can be accurately rendered as The Baths, but our culture has changed to the point that The Baths does not convey what the poet wants. 

Before the building codes changed to require running water for every house or unit in a building, public baths were common in cities of any size. These were later evolved into what North Americans typically think of as bathhouses.

But the setting Jentzsch is musing about in this very erotic collection of verse he called Die Bäder is in fact an indoor public pool. This is where he sees young men (as he himself was at the time) engage in activities we might expect to see at a gym -- working out; wrestling; goofing off. These unguarded moments of the bros being bros with one another inspires Jentzsch to dream about being close to them in sensual way, although he assumes these studs are out of his league.      

 

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I am struck by Jentzsch’s poem - the watching and desire he clearly describes have so many echoes in so many of our lives. Too many what ifs linger down the road where those reverberations still sound. 

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On 8/28/2022 at 6:56 PM, Parker Owens said:

I am struck by Jentzsch’s poem - the watching and desire he clearly describes have so many echoes in so many of our lives. Too many what ifs linger down the road where those reverberations still sound. 

Thanks for reading and commenting, Parker. Be sure to check out chapters 13 and 14 above. They're "must read" :yes:

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