Alan Dein travels to Vienna to piece together the story and legacy of one of Austria's most important and original modern poets. Ernst Jandl's experimental poems broke down words and language on the page and reorganised them for the ear. The plasticity of Jandl's poetry was quickly noted by the technicians of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop who turned the work into lively aural creations and Jandl, an anglophile, stunned and delighted the audience at the famous 1965 Royal Albert Hall Poetry Incarnation with his violent and wild sounding 'concrete poetry'. Speaking to Austrian composers, musicans and writers as well as Jandl's friend, Britain's Michael Horovitz, Dein explores the life and work of this very arresting poet.
Producer Neil McCarthy.