Olga Pek

  ESTES PARK, COLORADO   I thought I was being silent, but it wasn’t yet the blow, the paralysis, that raid of locusts settling...
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Radka Thea Otipkova

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 away.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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