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Intensive Care: Selected and New Poems by Miroslav Holub

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This collection spans almost 40 years of writing, much of it under circumstances that involved risk and silence, living under Communism in Czechoslovakia, pursuing a career as a scientist, and carrying on the 20th century's experimental tradition as represented by artists like Arp, Miro, and William Carlos Williams. By the time of his death in 1998, Miroslav Holub had beco ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published September 30th 1996 by Oberlin College Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Brian
Feb 09, 2010 Brian rated it liked it
I came to Miroslav Holub after reading a post on an internet discussion forum for poets. The person posting said that we all should "read Holub for endings." That intrigued me, since endings in poetry are so important (and difficult). This selection gave me a good sense of Holub's work, and most of it I found inspiring (in the sense that it resonated with the ways in which I try to use the interaction of language and visual connections with the physical and social world around us in my own work) ...more
Nevena Kotarac
Nov 16, 2013 Nevena Kotarac rated it it was amazing
BAJKA

Postavio je svoju kuću,
svoje temelje,
svoje kamenje,
svoje zidove,
svoj krov nad glavom,
svoj dimnjak, svoj dim,
svoj pogled s prozora.

Postavio je svoj vrt,
svoju ogradu,
svoj timijan,
svoju glistu,
svoju večernju rosu.

Odsekao je svoj komad neba gore.

I uvio je vrt u nebo
i kuću je uvio u vrt
i sve je uvio u maramicu
i išao je
sam kao polarna lisica
po hladnoj
beskonačnoj
kiši
u svet.

Miroslav Holub bio je čuveni češki pjesnik i imunolog. U njegovoj poeziji posmatramo nasumično odabrani isječak sv
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Gerry LaFemina
Jan 16, 2016 Gerry LaFemina rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Holub is so good--sometimes surreal, sometimes imagistic, sometime scientific, almost always compelling, even in translation. His work captures the imagination and the ear with surprising, and sometimes haunting turns.
Melissa
May 30, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
As a poet, Holub is gifted with elegance and depth. The real deal.

Though I see this book the way I do most greatest hits collections. Could be thinner.

Go for a slender volume of his if you can find one.

Michael
Oct 29, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Amazing poet! Immunologist-poet, Holub's poems blend the down to to earth, anatomical, pathological and surreal. He is one of the better poets I have come across.
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