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The Short Poem

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 29, 2020, 19:00 – 21:00

From Karel Havlíček Borovský to Václav Havel.

Alongside rhyme-based poetry and free verse, experts and fans recognise the short poem as a third subterranean river.

The anthology Krátká báseň (The Short Poem) contains classics of the genre as well as texts by the likes of Egon Bondy, Ivan M. Jirous, Viola Fischerová and an experimental Václav Havel.

Jiří Macháček, editor in chief of the Protimluv publishing house, will get the evening underway. Professor Jiří Trávníček will discuss the book. Jana Franková and Hynek Chmelař will read poems and Irena and Vojtěch Havel (cello, viol) will provide musical accompaniment.

Jáchym Topol will introduce the event.

Editor and poet Zdeněk Volf will be on hand to share and debate the short poem.

A “bow to the book” ceremony in the presence of participating authors will conclude the evening.


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