This long poem is a response to Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra, rendering in strong and urgent language Nietzsche’s call to a journey away from accepted norms and towards true self-realisation.
By turns lyrical and acerbic, and deploying many different voices, the poem offers an imaginative engagement with the challenges posed by Nietzsche’s figure of Zarathustra. The cover illustration and the drawings placed throughout the book come from a complementary body of painting and sculpture in which the poet explores the nature of masks and effigies.
Nicholas Jagger, poet and artist, lives in Yorkshire. His artwork includes painting and sculpture which, like his poetry, draws on historical and mythic subjects. His first book of poetry, Zarathustra, a free version of Nietzche’s original, was published by Agenda Editions, 2010. His poems and translations have appeared in many journals.