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Gottfried Benn

Gottfried Benn was a German poet and physician. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times. Gottfried Benn was born in a Lutheran country parsonage, a few hours from Berlin, the son and grandson of pastors in Mansfeld, now part of Putlitz in the district of Prignitz, Brandenburg, he was educated in Frankfurt an der Oder. To please his father, he studied theology at the University of Marburg and military medicine at the Kaiser Wilhelm Academy in Berlin. After being laid off as a military doctor in 1912, Benn turned to pathology, where he dissected over 200 bodies between October 1912 and November 1913 in Berlin. Many of his literary works reflect on his time as a pathologist. In the summer of 1912, Benn started a romantic relationship with the Jewish poet Else Lasker-Schüler. Gottfried Benn began his literary career as a poet when he published a booklet titled Morgue and other Poems in 1912, containing expressionist poems dealing with physical decay of flesh, with blood and death — for example No III — „Cycle: Der einsame Backzahn einer Dirne, / die unbekannt verstorben war, / trug eine Goldplombe.

/ Die übrigen waren wie auf stille Verabredung / ausgegangen. / Den schlug der Leichendiener sich heraus, / versetzte ihn und ging für tanzen. / Denn, sagte er, / nur Erde solle zur Erde werden. The lonesome molar of a love-maid, / who had died unknown, / wore a gold filling. / As if by silent agreement the leftovers / had gone out. / The mortician knocked out the filling, / went dancing for. / Because, he said, / only earth should return to earth. Poems like this "were received by critics and public with shock, dismay revulsion." In 1913 a second volume of poems came out. New Poems. Benn's poetry projects an introverted nihilism, that is, an existentialist outlook that views artistic expression as the only purposeful action. In his early poems Benn used his medical experience using medical terminology, to portray humanity morbidly as just another species of disease-ridden animal. After the outbreak of World War I he enlisted in 1914, spent a brief period on the Belgian front served as a military doctor in Brussels.

Benn attended the execution of Nurse Edith Cavell. He worked as a physician in an army brothel. After the war, he returned to Berlin and practiced as a dermatologist and venereal disease specialist. During the 1920s, he had a close relationship with Jewish poet Else Lasker-Schüler who addressed love poems to him; this bond to her is the subject of the film Mein Herz-niemandem by Helma Sanders-Brahms. Hostile to the Weimar Republic, rejecting Marxism and Americanism, like many Germans, was upset with ongoing economic and political instability, sympathized for a short period with the Nazis as a revolutionary force, he hoped that National Socialism would exalt his aesthetics and that expressionism would become the official art of Germany, as Futurism had in Italy. Benn was elected to the poetry section of the Prussian Academy in 1932 and appointed head of that section in February 1933. In May, he defended the new regime in a radio broadcast, saying "the German workers are better off than before."

He signed the Gelöbnis treuester Gefolgschaft, that is, the "vow of most faithful allegiance" to Adolf Hitler. The cultural policy of the new State didn't turn out the way he hoped, in June Hans Friederich Blunck replaced Benn as head of the Academy's poetry section. Appalled by the Night of the Long Knives, Benn turned away from the Nazis, he lived refraining from public criticism of the Nazi party, but wrote that the bad conditions of the system "gave me the latter punch" and stated in a letter that the developments presented a "dreadful tragedy!" He decided to perform "the aristocratic form of emigration" and joined the Wehrmacht in 1935, where he found many officers sympathetic to his disapproval of the régime. In May 1936 the SS magazine Das Schwarze Korps attacked his expressionist and experimental poetry as degenerate and homosexual. In the summer of 1937, Wolfgang Willrich, a member of the SS, lampooned Benn in his book Säuberung des Kunsttempels. In 1938 the Reichsschrifttumskammer banned Benn from further writing.

During World War II, Benn was posted to garrisons in eastern Germany where he wrote poems and essays. After the war, his work was banned by the Allies because of his initial support for Hitler. In 1951 he was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize, he died of cancer in West Berlin in 1956, was buried in Waldfriedhof Dahlem, Berlin. Benn had a great influence on German poetry before World War I, as well as after World War II. Morgue und andere Gedichte Fleisch Die Gesammelten Schriften Schutt Betäubung Spaltung Nach dem Nihilismus Der Neue Staat und die Intellektuellen Kunst und Macht Ausgewählte Gedichte Note: 1st edition contained two poems that were removed for the 2nd edition in November 1936:'Mann und Frau gehen durch die Krebsbaracke' and'D-Zug'; the vast majority of the 1st editions were destroyed. Statische Gedichte Ptolemäer. Doppelleben.

Giddess Chalamanda

Gidesi Chalamanda, is most known as "Giddes" He is a Malawian acoustic artist. He was born in Chiradzulu in the Southern region of Malawi, he is one of Malawi's legendary artists. In the lyrics to his song "Buffalo soldier", he mentions that if he had enough money he would travel to America. In 2016, with the help of fans and Malawian organizations both in Malawi and in the Malawian Diaspora, he was able to achieve this dream when he traveled to the US with musicians Davis ndi Edgar, he held a concert at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in the "Pulse of Malawi" concert which celebrated Malawian independence day in Germantown MD. He was a panelist at the panel discussions held by the Malawian Diaspora organizations, he played at the Library of Congress in Washington D. C. where his music was archived. He held a concert at the state theater in Indiana, a state mentioned in his original song

Don't Look Away (Kate Voegele album)

Don't Look Away is the debut full-length album from Kate Voegele. The album was released via Interscope Records, it has sold 250,000 copies worldwide to date. Voegele began work on the album in 2006, after she signed a record contract with Myspace Records and Interscope Records; the album features songs. It was received well by critics and fans, who called Voegele "a breath of fresh air"; the album spawned three singles, including Only Fooling Myself and You Can't Break a Broken Heart. It has sold 250,000 copies to date worldwide. Voegele promoted the album through live performances, she performed songs from the album on her Lift Me Up Tour, on Jordin Sparks's Battlefield Tour, in which she appeared as the opening act. Songs from the album were performed on the hit television series One Tree Hill, by her character Mia Catalano, an aspiring singer. All tracks are written by Kate Voegele. "Only Fooling Myself" was released as the album's lead single. The song won first prize in the Pop category of the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition, making her the youngest winner in the history of the competition at that time.

She showcased her song at Borders Books & Music in Austin, TX. It failed to achieve much mainstream success, but managed to chart at 37 on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks. "Hallelujah", a cover of the classic Leonard Cohen hit, was released as the second single in the United Kingdom. It was featured as a bonus track on the iTunes edition of the album, it is her highest charting single to date in several countries, peaking at number 53 on the UK Singles Chart. It is her only single to enter the Hot 100 in the US, debuting and peaking at number 68. Due to the strong digital sales, it debuted at number 28 on the US Digital Singles chart, as well as number 43 on the now discontinued Pop 100 chart. "You Can't Break a Broken Heart" was released as the first single from the deluxe edition of the album. It was meant to become her breakout single, majorly boost album sales, but it failed to chart on any charts internationally or in the US; the album debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200 chart on the week of its release.

It rose up the chart and managed to peak at number 27. The album was less successful in Canada and peaking at number 99 on the album's chart, it reached number 5 on Billboard's Heatseeker album chart