Nonsense poems

illustration Ringelnatz
Poems by Joachim Ringelnatz

Nonsense poems by the German writer, painter and satirist Joachim Ringelnatz. Ringelnatz (his real name was Hans Bötticher – his pen name is a slang term for “seahorse”) was a famous cultural figure during the Weimar Republic years. His whimsical poems and stories often feature adventures and observations from his travels as a seafarer.

illustration cow with fins
Song of the sea cow
illustration cactus in flower pot
Ode to my cactus
illustration man swallowing whole carp
Carp eating in Wilhelm Street
illustration tangle of wrestling men
Wrestling match
illustration snail in cognac glass
Wonderland is everywhere