Patrick Salmen can say nicer things about curbs than others can about love. With a beard, a wonderfully sonorous voice, a dust-dry sense of humor, and a flair for endearing details, he tells satirical, wonderfully off-the-wall stories about the idiocies of humanity. With a lot of self-irony, he explains about Senseo machines as today's people's receivers and Sudokus as occupational therapy for disillusioned amateur mathematicians, because he knows the universal answer to all problems: I have an axe!
Since his book debut with the humorous short story collection Distanzen, poetry slam master has impressed his audience with an almost endless source of unobtrusively captivating details of life, in which one finds oneself so unexpectedly that it is impossible to escape the pull of these texts. Impressive snapshots settle in the memory with an unmistakable mood that continues to radiate a strangely beautiful fascination for a long time: "... after all, Salmen's quieter prose texts and above all the extremely sensitive poems are also among the best sounds that can be heard in current German-language contemporary literature." (Paderborner Wochenspiegel)
When the Wuppertal-based short story and poetry author and reading cabaret artist was crowned German-language poetry slam champion in 2010, the audience at the completely sold-out Jahrhunderthalle in Zurich stood on their chairs in jubilation - the mood boiled over. There is no question: "Salmen is a gifted poet who creates worlds of sound...the lines tremble through his mouth like migratory birds" (Westfälische Rundschau).
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