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Written in the 1950s and ’60s, the “action poems” comprising a A User’s Manual were published in their complete form in 1969 when they were paired with the 52 collages of Weekly 1967, the first of Kolář’s celebrated series in which he commented visually on a major event for each week of the year. Taking the form of directives, largely absurd, the poems mock communist socie ...more
Hardcover, Image to Word No. 4, 142 pages
Published September 25th 2019 by Twisted Spoon Press (first published 1969)
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Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absurd & futile, these 52 poems (one for each week of the year) and accompanying artworks are challenges to the reader..”stand at the door” “places a box of matches” etc etc. using Futurism to highlight the absurdity of the Czech Communist rule. As always a stunningly presented book by Twisted Spoon Press.
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A User's Manual is a most unusual—and handsome—volume pairing 52 "action poems", written in the 1950s and 60s, with collages from Czech author, Jiri Kilar's "Weekly 1967" a series of artworks created to mark each day of the year. The result is a book that is not only very interesting to look at, but characterized by a sly creative energy and a devious wit. Many of the poems are practical enough that they could serve as inspiration triggers, making this a unique gift idea for an artistic friend. ...more
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Jiří Kolář was a Czech poet, writer, painter, translator from French, English and German, graphic designer. Member of poetry groups Skupina 42, Umělecké besedy and Křižovatka. His work was divided between literary and visual art.

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