Prague Writers' Festival highlights: the poetry of Miloslav Topinka
This year's Prague Writers' Festival, which has now come and gone, but left a lot to be thankful for and a lot to remember. Not least was a meeting of poets Miloslav Topinka and Zbigniew Machej on Theatre Minor's stage for a reading of their work last Wednesday.
Jim Naughton noted that in Topinka's view poetry was touching the unknown, the almost indescribable - following Mr Topinka's reference to a famous quote by Arthur Rimbaud. Certainly those are qualities present in "Transformation", one of the poems in "Rift" that alternates from the deeply personal to the cosmic. Listen now to "Transformation" by Miloslav Topinka, read by Professor Jim Naughton at this year's Prague Writers' Festival.
by Miloslav Topinka
human transformation and bodily transformation
transformation of perception
it is only a moment
man touches upon those outermost boundaries
have a new skin
a new body.
form dependent on attraction
pressure on a body
with higher pressure would be more constricted
confined into a shell, into a spiral
strange tension, gripping of space
passageway through tunnel, through death
Fall through blue and pink-tinged sky,
suddenly all goes silent.
Only spindles or rather
That was poetry by Czech poet Miloslav Topinka and we'd like to remind our listeners that in coming days we will be featuring still more highlights from this year's writers' festival, including work by Michael Hofmann and Robert Irwin.