Radka Thea Otipkova

Radka Thea Otipkova

  COUP DE GRÂCE   In the end his body puked him out as if it were only a stomach and a mouth. It didn’t let him just slip...
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Bizarre Town

Vitezslav Nezval’s Bizarre Town, Animated by Ken Nash

Animated excerpt from Czech surrealist poet Vítězslav Nezval's poem cycle "Bizarre Town." Translated by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická. Published in The Absolute Gravedigger by Twisted Spoon Press, 2016.

Ondrej Hanus

Ondrej Hanus

occasionally there is too much ado / about night-time, that’s fine, turn out the light / and slide me in the grave, this time I’m through / with sounds and lights, for me now dreams feel right

Jonáš Hájek

Jonas Hajek

I don’t know how and why I should even tell you, / since time has only heightened our estrangement, / that you’ve made me a man.

Bohuslav Reynek

Bohuslav Reynek

My heart is heavier than it was last year, / with love.

Olga Stehlikova

Olga Stehlikova

It could’ve easily been a scrotum, / but most likely it was someone’s wallet.


Radka Thea Otipkova

You must be hungry, he said. / A magnificent sentence like that, / the last I remember him saying.

Kamil Bouška

Kamil Bouska

You're coming and my fever rises. I've tasted this before. / I'll leap into the wafted air and go for blood.


Vitezslav Nezval

On the beds/ Of a lantern-lit hospital/ A doctor/ Playing the flute/ Revives/ Dead tubercular women

Marie Šťastná

Marie Stastna

I will love neither wildly / nor tamely / a long lukewarm love

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