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Plant the poplars tightly around the pond

March 4, 2011


You are heartily invited to a literary evening of Josef Topol (the name means “poplar” in English), the third of the cycle of five evenings within the Spring with 36ers which will be held on Wednesday, 31st March 2010 from 6 p.m. in the Montmartre Gallery, Řetězová 7, Prague 1.

Josef Topol’s poetry remained the poet’s privatissimo throughout his entire life - the publication was executed only in the nineties. His poetry turns away completely from contemporary reality, seeking refuge in proudly archaic and aristocratic language of poets of Romanticism. It is a poetry tracing step by step the author’s mental world from teenage exaltation to feelings of darkness and hopelessness in the eighties, where only spiritual hope stands in resistance, despite everything. Constant themes of this verse, however, remain "words to the account": tenderness and anxiety.

Martin C. Putna will present the literary and historical introduction. The texts will be read by DAMU (Academy of Performing Arts) students Jiří Suchý z Tábora and Marie Štípková. The poet will be represented by his guardian angel, Vlastimil Harapes.

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