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From a Terrace in Prague by Stephan Delbos
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Jun 12, 12

it was amazing
Read from April 24 to June 12, 2012

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Caitlin Oh this sounds really good!

Patricia It really is, Caitlin. Obsessively reading so much Czech and Polish poetry now. It is wonderful to get lost in it.

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Caitlin I LOVE Polish poetry. Have you read Anna Kamienska? She is one of my favorite poets. What Czech and Polish poetry books would you recommend?

Patricia Oh, Yes. I LOVE her too. I have read much of her poetry and work. I had English class with a glorious and compelling Polish/Czech woman prof. at 14. She was an enormous influence early on. I first read Kamienska, Milosz, Szymborska, Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Pushkin, Fischerova etc. at 14. As a result, at 15 I simultaneously attended The New School and took college classes in Eastern European Lit. among others. Over time, I have collected about twenty five books by AK. That includes a few of her translations from Czech, Hebrew, Latin, and French. Most of my books of her poetry are usual dual language editions. I also have quite a few rarer Polish editions. Several were gifts from my professor. They are very beautiful and I adore them although I know only the most minimal Polish. I am forever struggling with trying to read something of a poet's original poems as well as reading multiple translations of each poet/writer. I am continually trying to learn languages.(This may not be a good thing..) Of course, I am either quite bad or at best mediocre at all of them. This does not deter me or quell my obsession! I am currently loving the Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz. This 6 Czech Poets in my 'reading'(Zbynek Hejda, V.Fischerova, K.Rudcenkova et al) is excellent as is the Prague book. The Love Poems in my reading is just a delightful book.

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Caitlin Wow, that is so interesting. I adore Kamienska. I've only read Astonishments and what the has published from her notebooks. I really wish I could own more of Kamienska's books but there are just very few english translations of her work that I can get my hands on and it does upset me. I also love many german poets, like Ingeborg Bachmann and Rose Auslander. I'm so interested in female european poets, especially from France, Poland, and germany. Your professor sounds fascinating. I can understand why she had such an influence on you. I think it's wonderful that you try to learn languages. I wish I was fluent in many languages but I'm struggling through french at the moment. I will definitely write down all the poets you mention and look into their work.

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