1993 granma: hintze revolution in poetry

1993 12 14
Pedro de la Hoz:
Ide Hintze, revolution in poetry

The director of the School of Poetry in Vienna, one of the most notable writers in Europe, is visiting Cuba.

Ide Hintze, one of the most original and charismatic poets not only in Austria but in Western Europe, decided to come to Cuba to express solidarity, to get in touch with his colleagues on the island and to join forces in order to, in his words, "spread the word that poetry is a mobilizing force of consciousness across all latitudes, beyond the barriers of language."

Celebrated by Miguel Barnet, who called him "one of the most intense voices I have known in recent times," and Marylín Bobes, who defined him as "someone capable of taking the art of speaking and the expressiveness of the body as sources of renewal of poetic creativity," Hintze gave recitals at UNEAC and, under the auspices of the Austrian Embassy in Havana, met with students of German literature.

Hintze is currently the director of the Vienna Poetry Academy, a sui generis institution which welcomes poets to develop experiences in communication, audio-visual creation, performances, collective readings, structural analysis and gestural expressiveness. Hintze’s collaborators include the famous American beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg and the German Gerhard Rühm.

His best known work is The Golden Flood (1987), but his fame stems from his public appearances, true spectacles that he has staged in Vienna, Bern, Ljubliana, Alama Ata, Hanoi and Buenos Aires, and from the creation of acoustic poems, recorded by Innpatha Records (1980), and 30 Rufe (1992).

(Pedro de la Hoz in: Granma, YEAR 35 OF THE REVOLUTION, Cultural / Sports
Havana. Tuesday December 14, 1993. Original language: spanish. Translated by Boushra Portner, Vienna 2009)