By Stephan Delbos
Prague has been the imperative, if not going, topic of a few of crucial poetry of the final century. This different anthology gathers and interprets into English one hundred twenty poems from sixteen languages written among 1888 and 2010 which describe Prague or an occasion that happened there, and areas these poems in a literary and ancient context with an in depth severe creation, a Prague poetry map and pictures of the destinations depicted. meant as a poetic guidebook to the town of Prague if you survive each side of its borders, From a Terrace in Prague highlights the results that literary activities, political opinions and historical occasions have had on poets' descriptions of the city.
Contributors: Muhammad Mahdi Al-Jawahiri, Guillaume Apollinaire, Michal Ajvaz, Louis Armand, Ingeborg Bachmann, John Berryman, Petr Bezruc, Konstantin Biebl, Anthony Blake, Ivan Blatny, Egon Bondy, Kamil Bouska, Jiri Brynda, Michael Carter, Paul Celan, Vera Chase, Inger Christensen, Christopher Crawford, Svatopluk Cech, Roque Dalton, Bei Dao, Jas H. Duke, Vincent Farnsworth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Viola Fischerova, Gil Fleishman, Carolyn Forche, Frantisek Gellner, Allen Ginsberg, Frantisek Halas, Vaclav Havel, Nazim Hikmet, Karel Hlavacek, Vladimir Holan, Miroslav Holub, Josef Hora, Petr Hruska, Jaroslav Hutka, Ivan Martin Jirous, Richard Katrovas, Jane Kirwan, Jiri Kolar, Claudiu Komartin, Petr Kral, Martin Langer, David Lehman, Phillis Levin, Larry Levis, Robert Lowell, Antonin Macek, Josef Svatopluk Machar, Ian MacNeill, Sergej Makara, Radek Maly, Jason Mashak, Wojciech A. Maslarz, Iggy McGovern, Edwin Muir, Pablo Neruda, Vitezslav Nezval, Ladislav Novak, Tiago Patricio, Katerina Pinosova, Marie Pujmanova, Justin Quinn, James Ragan, Donald Revell, Tereza Riedlbauchova, Rainer Maria Rilke, Byambin Rinchen, Katerina Rudcenkova, Ed Sanders, James Schuyler, Jaroslav Seifert, David Shapiro, Phil Shoenfelt, Gary Snyder, Philippe Soupault, Antonin Sova, Viktor Spacek, Marcela Sulak, Pavel Srut, Mark Terrill, Karel Toman, Jachym Topol, John Tranter, Seisuke Tsukahara-Watasi, Marina Tsvetaeva, Razvan Tupa, Anne Waldman, Vera Weislitzova, Jiri Wolker, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Jiri Zacek, and Adam Zagajewski.
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Vision sparkles, blearing – Prague! The name alone sings. The mere sound of it rapturously gets down into the strings of the Czech spirit and sets the heart beating a thunderous throb. Let foreign pilgrims take your modest measurements and scorn, Prague, your graying robes: to us in your beauty, ancient gloom you are luscious Naples, you are proud Rome! indd 32 04/05/2011 09:55:19 Karel Hlaváček (1874-1898) was one of the most prominent representatives of Czech decadent and symbolist poetry that flourished at the end of the 19th century.
Then, back to life, again? —That would be the simplicity of poetry! House, that means: out-of-the-house Into the night. (O, to whom shall I breathe My sorrow, my misfortune, My terror, greener than ice? . ) —You’ve thought too much. — A thoughtful reply: —Yes. 3. Then—the embankment. I follow The water’s edge, as if it were solid and thick. Semiramis’ hanging gardens— So this—is where you are! The water’s—a steely strip, The color of a corpse— Which I follow, as a singer Follows her sheet music, as one blind Follows the edge of a wall—Come back!?
Calligrames, a collection of concrete poetry, was published in 1918, a few months after Apollinaire’s death from influenza and complications from his wound. indd 47 04/05/2011 09:55:23 Antonín MACEK Antonín Macek (1872-1923) was born in Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia, where he dropped out of high school before moving to Prague to work as a journalist. Macek compiled a massive anthology of Czech poets, Poezie sociální, in 1902 as well as several volumes of art criticism. His collections of poetry include Kniha o ráji and Velký mír.
From a Terrace in Prague: A Prague Poetry Anthology by Stephan Delbos